Bridget Jensen, RN Announced as 2023 DAISY Award Winner

Bridget Jensen, RN of Audubon County Memorial Hospital and Clinics was honored with The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s programs to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

The nomination was submitted on behalf of Debra Sornson, Joyce Grabill, Kenny Fenton, and Lori Panzi- the children of Gene Fenton. “No words can truly express the gratitude our family feels for Bridget Jensen and the care she gave our dad at Audubon County Hospital,” said Lori Panzi, daughter of patient, Gene Fenton.

During the annual celebration ceremony at Audubon County Memorial Hospital and Clinics, Panzi continued to read her story, surrounded by co-workers, and family members and friends.

“Bridget’s knowledge and explanation of what happens to someone in Dads condition allowed us to understand what was happening to him throughout the process. She listened with genuine compassion, answered all of our questions and addressed the many concerns we had. She never rushed in or out of the room and always gave us as much of her time as we needed.”

“Bridget is a dedicated nurse who demonstrates compassion for others while always maintaining standards of professionalism in nursing. We want Bridget to know how much we appreciate her and how thankful we are that she was by our side during this time.”

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

Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, Doctor of Humane Letters (h.c) and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at Audubon County Memorial Hospital are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

In addition to the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in over 5,500 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Nurses Advancing Health Equity, Nursing Faculty, Nursing Students, Lifetime Achievement in Nursing and through the J. Patrick Barnes. More information is available at

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