Registered nurse Bracey Ulin (front row, fourth from left) receives her DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses honor from chief nursing officer Ralph Parker (third from left). Photo courtesy of Olympic Medical Center

Registered nurse Bracey Ulin (front row, fourth from left) receives her DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses honor from chief nursing officer Ralph Parker (third from left). Photo courtesy of Olympic Medical Center

Milestone: Ulin receives DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Bracey Ulin, a registered nurse (RN) at Olympic Medical Cancer Center, was recently honored with a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Created by the DAISY Foundation, the honor recognizes the “extraordinary, compassionate nursing care provided to patients and families every day.”

Ulin joined Olympic Medical Center as a registered nurse graduate in 2018 and was hired into surgical services, initially working in the short stay unit before taking a full-time position in endoscopy.

A patient nominated Ulin for a DAISY award, and wrote: “I was a patient in the short stay unit scheduled for a procedure. I was terrified and very emotional as I waited in the pre-op area. When Bracey walked in to take me to the O.R., the whole room suddenly lit up with her beautiful smile. She was so warm and loving with just the perfect amount of kindness and professionalism. With her joyful banter, I could feel fear begin to subside.

“As she wheeled my bed down the hall to the O.R., I asked her to hold my hand when the anesthesia was starting, never really thinking she would have time. As we entered the room I could feel her joy filling it as everyone busied themselves getting set up and ready to begin my procedure.

“As the anesthesia medication was starting to go in, I felt a hand slip into mine as I drifted off into sleep. She remembered … she found the time! That one thing, that one small act of kindness, is probably the one thing I will never forget about my experience. Bracey was my angel watching over me that day and that gift is what makes her such a special nurse.”

Olympic Medical nurses may be nominated by patients, families and colleagues. Each honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an “Extraordinary Nurse.” The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a hand-carved sculpture called A Healer’s Touch.

For more information or to nominate an extraordinary Olympic Medical Center nurse, go to www.olympicmedical.org/thank-a-nurse.

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