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Portsmouth hospital nurse named DAISY award winner

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DAISY Award winner Cynthia Cote (Courtesy photo)

PORTSMOUTH - Portsmouth Regional Hospital on Friday announced its first Daisy Award winner during National Nurses' Week: Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator Cynthia Cote, BS, APRN.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues. The award recipient is chosen by a committee at Portsmouth Regional Hospital to receive The DAISY Award. Ms. Cote was nominated by a very grateful patient and her nomination was supported by her nursing peers.

In her role as breast cancer nurse navigator, she uses her clinical nursing expertise to guide patients, families and their caregivers to informed decision-making and supportive care across the cancer continuum.

As with so many DAISY Award winners, Cynthia received her award with humility and the following sentiment - "But, I didn't do anything special. I was just doing my job!"

The "DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses" is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day.

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) The care Patrick 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.

"We are thrilled to honor Cynthia Cote with our first DAISY award and are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in The DAISY Award program," said Chief Nursing Officer Krystal Atkinson.

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