Rebecca Canipe

Rebecca Canipe

Rebecca Canipe, CN II, RN, BSN

Acute Care Pediatrics
VCU Health
Richmond, Virginia
United States
Becca cared deeply about my condition, her compassion was immense, and it was nice to feel so relieved to be in good hands.

Late one night, N was admitted through the Emergency Department for stroke-like symptoms. For many, going to the hospital can be scary and for N, it was also overwhelming.  With a diagnosis of high functioning autism, the work of our high-quality, efficient teams caused heightened anxiety. When he arrived on the inpatient Pediatric Unit, he was having difficulty making connections and communicating. That’s when N met Becca Canipe.

Becca made an instant connection with N, meeting him with a big smile, and commenting on his cartoon-character socks while getting him settled. It was clear to his mother, H, that N began to calm immediately. Becca further built on this connection by discussing a recent cartoon TV episode that featured the very same characters. Each night N looked forward to seeing Becca.

H commented, “As a mom, it was so nice to see how caring and helpful she was – an amazing nurse and person.”

The impact that Becca had on N was so great that both he and his mother nominated her for a DAISY Award. N reflected on her care in his nomination stating, “Becca was a great friend. She cared deeply about my condition, her compassion was immense, and it was nice to feel so relieved to be in good hands.”

Becca – we are so proud of the care you gave to N, and his mom. We appreciate all you did to calm an overwhelming situation.  Job well done!