The Scarborough Hospital’s Debbie Daly is one of more than 140 nurses across Ontario nominated for the Toronto Star’s Nightingale Award.
Debbie is routinely praised by colleagues, patients and family members of patients – any number of them could have submitted her nomination.
Thank you cards abound on the shelf in her office at the GAIN Clinic where Debbie, a nurse practitioner, is the clinic lead. Patient testimonials routinely come in about the clinic, which is part of a geriatric assessment and intervention network, and most of them highlight the care of Debbie or her staff.
The nomination highlighted the good work of the team under Debbie’s “infectious leadership.” She makes everyone realize how important they are to the success of the team and always puts the patient and their family in the centre of the care model, reads the nomination.
“I nominated Debbie because of her exceptional skill, knowledge, expertise and sensitivity in working with older people who may be frail physically or emotionally,” it reads. “She has an amazing ability to support a spouse or family member who is overwhelmed and needing to make a very difficult decision around the care of their loved one.”
Debbie was stunned to learn of the nomination.
“I’m very touched,” she says. “I am absolutely blown away that someone would think to do that.”
For her, the recognition belongs to everyone at the GAIN Clinic.
“I couldn’t do this job without the team,” she says. “Our team is phenomenal.”
Though she has a natural affinity for nursing, the practice almost lost out on Debbie as she started out as an accounting major.
“Then I fell asleep one too many times!” she says. “I like math, but don’t have a passion for it.”
Having spent her teens volunteering in her local hospital, nursing seemed a natural fit.
“I felt very comfortable in a hospital,” she says. “I liked the relationship part of nursing.”
Former TSH RN Jannine Bowen was also nominated for the Nightingale Award, which is announced every year during Nursing Week. TSH held a number of special events to honour our nurses, including an appreciation breakfast at each of our campuses.
Congratulations to Debbie and the entire GAIN team, and to Jannine! And, a big “THANK YOU” to all of TSH’s hard working nurses.