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Nurse at DaVita honored with DAISY Award

Brook Sova, DaVita teammate, left, and Bonnie Simler, DaVita nurse and DAISY Award winner, right. Photo provided

Brook Sova, DaVita teammate, left, and Bonnie Simler, DaVita nurse and DAISY Award winner, right. Photo provided

BURTON — Bonnie Simler, nephrology nurse at DaVita Burton Dialysis, was recently honored with The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses during National Nurses Week.

The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s™ programs to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

DaVita leaders, fellow care team members and patients celebrated Simler for the high standard of care she provides to patients. She consistently remains compassionate regardless of the situation.

Simler often meets with kidney failure patients before they start dialysis to help them become comfortable with the treatment. She always looks for the good and does not dwell on the negative when it comes to providing patient care.

If you were to compliment or thank Simler for exhibiting the compassion she does, she would state, “I’m not doing anything out of the norm. This is what I signed up for when becoming a nurse.” She truly cares about every patient.

For their commitment to respecting, encouraging and empathizing with each patient’s kidney care journey, DaVita’s DAISY award honorees received a personalized “Extraordinary Nurse” certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a hand-carved sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch.”

“At DaVita, we have an unwavering commitment to nursing excellence,” said Tina Livaudais, chief nursing officer for DaVita. “Each of our DAISY recipients exemplifies this through their passionate dedication to patient care and steadfast support of their fellow caregivers. I’m proud to celebrate this achievement and the many ways DaVita nurses positively impact dialysis communities across the country.”

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.

Barnes died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care he and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.