Dedication to Senior Residents Defines DAISY Award Winner’s Approach

As Jill Harvie, RN, stepped into a Benefis Eastview Senior Care Center room to administer a breathing treatment, the woman inside lit up.

Jill has a special gift for making residents of the care center feel not only competently cared for but also treasured.

As Jill straightened her bed, the woman told her, “I owe you big time for all you do for me.”

However fortunate the woman feels, Jill feels just as grateful to be with her. She’s Louise to Jill’s Thelma, and they like to joke about chasing down their Brad Pitt. They have a loving banter.

“I love the residents, and I learn from them every day,” Jill said. “It’s a rich and rewarding experience.”

Jill is Benefis’ second winner of the DAISY Award, an international recognition of extraordinary nurses. Benefis presents the award quarterly.

The award singled her out for her upbeat attitude, her compassion, the knowledge she shares to build up her team, and her willingness to “do whatever is needed to get the job done.”

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as Senior Services abided by the strictest visitor restrictions, Jill has always taken time out of her busy schedule to ensure these residents still feel loved,” said Sheila Brady, manager of senior care at Eastview. “Jill maintained her upbeat and positive attitude, sitting and visiting with each resident to ease their feelings of loneliness.”

Jill seized the opportunity of the surprise DAISY Award ceremony – complete with cinnamon treats, her family, and cheering colleagues – to recognize the team with whom she works.

“I don’t feel like I could do what I do without the people I work with,” she said. “They’re awesome.”

Growing up, Jill figured she’d be a bookkeeper like her mom, but instead she followed her dad’s footsteps into nursing. Jill joined Benefis in 2001 in Oncology, and then she worked for Benefis Community Care. She has been with Senior Services for two years.

“I’ve always liked to take care of older people,” she said. “They’re at a time of their lives when they deserve to be taken care of.”

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization recognizing nurses and the incredible care they provide. The foundation was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 from an autoimmune disease. More than 4,500 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing present DAISY Awards.

To nominate a Benefis nurse who has touched your life for a DAISY Award, visit Benefis.org/DAISYAward.