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Congratulations to Sarah, our 2019 DAISY Award winner!

Congratulations to Sarah, our 2019 DAISY Award winner!

Congratulations to Sarah Schwiethale, RN, who was recently recognized as a 2019 DAISY Foundation award winner! Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Sarah has been a registered nurse for five years and started her career at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago.

“I think silliness is my super power as a nurse,” said Sarah. “It helps kids feel comfortable to engage with me and even helps me to lower the stress levels of parents.”

In addition to nursing, Sarah loves music. Growing up, she loved to sing, and she played bass in the orchestra. As a nurse, she realized that music is a helpful tool with her patients as well. When she has time, she brings her guitar to the hospital and sings with patients and their families.

“I think we all connect with music,” said Sarah. “It helps us take our focus off of what is going on at times. When kids first join us on the inpatient unit, they tend to be very focused on the medical treatment that they’re receiving. I’ve found that playing music with them and singing helps them adapt to a new environment, and it gives kids the opportunity to express themselves.”

Sarah’s colleagues, patients and their families said that Sarah goes above and beyond for patients, and that she knows how to make patients laugh. Because of these reasons and many others, she makes it possible for patients and families who are staying at the Portland Shriners Hospital to have a wonderful experience!

“Sarah provides compassionate care and always has the best interest of the patient in mind,” said Pam Scott, the inpatient nurse manager. “She combines compassion, nursing skills and a strong work ethic that benefit not only the patients, but her colleagues as well!”

“Here at the Portland Shriners Hospital, we have a unique opportunity to build connections with our patients and their families because some forms of treatment require long stays in the inpatient unit,” said Sarah. “It really gives you an opportunity to invest in their story, and it’s very gratifying!”

The DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 and recognizes extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of their patients through the super-human work they do every day. Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland is proud to be a DAISY Award hospital partner, annually recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor.

Congratulations, Sarah!