Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of observing and interacting with registered nurse Thomas Mahoney, one of the best registered nurses I have ever met.
My brother-in-law was Post-Op Day One from open heart valve replacement and triple bypass. His assigned RN, Thomas Mahoney, was also working with a student nurse R. At every chance he could, Tom was asking the patient and the family if they had any questions. He would then answer those questions in the most thoughtful and complete manner possible. He explained what medicines were in IVs, what pain medicines he could administer orally or via IV, and why he chose the one he did, and even what a typical recovery period could be expected (it depended on several patient recovery benchmarks that Tom explained thoroughly). Tom was always optimistic. Even towards the end of his 12-hour shift, it was obvious that Tom loves his job and enjoys making his patients as comfortable as he can.
It was truly a pleasure to watch how Tom interacted with and assisted R, but also backing away and observing while she performed a lot of the procedures and record keeping. Without a doubt, I believe Thomas Mahoney would be a great lead trainer when working with student nurses in their practicums.
Thomas Mahoney is such a competent and caring young man, and he is worthy of the DAISY Award.