Anna Cofty receives Daisy Award at MHM

Published 12:30 pm Sunday, June 12, 2022

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Memorial Hospital and Manor nurse Anna Cofty was in for a surprise this past week when she was awarded the Daisy Award.

Each quarter, MHM chooses an honoree for The Daisy Award for extraordinary nurses. The award honors the “super human work nurses do for patients and families, every day whenever they are in practice.”

Cofty was nominated by her co-worker, Karen Maige RN, for her adaptability and dedication.

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In the nomination letter Maige penned, it told the story of how Cofty began in the middle of COVID.

“Anna came to us in the ICU as a new graduate in the middle of COVID,” Maige wrote. “She had zero clinical experience in the hospital setting as students were not allowed in hospitals. She willingly took a job in an ICS knowing what we were facing. She had to learn and she had to learn FAST!”

Maige went on to say that Cofty never complained, despite the immense amount of pressure all nurses were facing.

“She mastered her skills that she needed and she did this with a smile,” Maige wrote. “She is eager to help other nurses and is adored by patients and their families. She has grown tremendously in her confidence and the way she interacts with doctors and with other staff… she is dependable and respects others in a quiet matter. Anna is a breath of fresh air to a unit that desperately needed help in such a busy time.”

Maige said she is proud to work beside Cofty and cannot wait to see what she does next in her career.

“Not only did she willingly come to an area of the hospital that was so busy in such a bad time, but she has stayed and has bloomed into an amazing nurse that I am proud to work beside any day,” Maige finished.

Cofty was then presented with a certificate of recognition, a Daisy Award pin to wear on her scrubs, a Healer’s Touch Sculpture and of course, a fresh arrangement of daisies.

In addition to this, Cofty can also qualify to join the Daisy Medical Mission Grant and will receive a special tuition rate to Chamberlain University to continue and further her nursing education, if she desires.

Following her pinning, Cofty was celebrated by her co-workers, before returning to her busy schedule.