A warm smile, gentle voice and welcome presence are what patients can expect when Bayhealth Women’s Center Breast Care Coordinator Trisha Bentley, BSN, RN, is in the room. It’s her very nature that led Bentley to be the most recent awardee for the esteemed DAISY Award, which is an award from a national foundation aimed at honoring the unsung heroes of the nursing profession.
Bentley was nominated by coworker Terri Mosher for going above and beyond for patients. “Trisha’s expertise is exemplified through her honest concern for our patient’s care and wellbeing. She often has to have very difficult and potentially life-changing conversations with our breast imaging patients, and she does so with the utmost care and compassion, individualized attention and respect,” Mosher wrote. “From hugs to a small touch on the arm to letting patients know she is there to support them, Trisha is truly compassionate, extremely knowledgeable and resourceful. She sets an amazing example for humanity.”
In her role as a nurse navigator, Bentley is on hand to answer questions and help patients during the imaging process and moving forward toward potential cancer treatments. And she loves working in a position that allows her to help people in such a way. “I’ve had a lot of family members with cancer scares and diagnoses so I always make sure to treat my patients like family. I don’t only educate patients on the process and potential diagnoses but their lay person as well because I know when you’re not expecting to hear bad news, you only hear a small part of what the doctor tells you,” Bentley said.
While honored to receive the award, Bentley is quick to point out it’s a team effort caring for imaging patients. Everyone on their team – technologists, nurses, registrars, and radiologists – works together. “This award isn’t just for me, but for the team at the Women’s Center,” she said.
The DAISY Award is given by the DAISY Foundation, which was formed in 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. DAISY Award honorees are chosen by nurses, administrators, peers, physicians, volunteers, patients, and family. If you know a Bayhealth nurse who deserves to be nominated, visit Bayhealth.org/Daisy and fill out the nomination form.