Bayhealth’s Richard Ricks Receives Second DAISY Award
Richard Ricks, RN, joined the Bayhealth Emergency and Trauma Services, Kent Campus team nearly three years ago. In that time, he’s not only made a difference in the lives of his patients but his coworkers as well. This impact is evident in the DAISY Award nomination from fellow nurse Christopher Betz submitted to honor Ricks. This is the second time Ricks has received the award, but the first while working at Bayhealth.
The DAISY Award is given by the DAISY Foundation, which was formed in 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. The Barnes family wanted to recognize the nurses who cared for Patrick and all the other “unsung heroes” of the nursing profession.
At first glance, Ricks is the typical team player. He picks up extra shifts when needed and jumps in to help others before even asked to do so. But his impact extends beyond that. “If he is on the schedule, I know we will have a good night. Rich always has a great attitude. Even while he has a lot going on at home, he keeps a smile on his face and a positive attitude. Rich is amazing, and I aspire to be like him,” Betz said.
Ricks has been a nurse for more than five years, half of which have been spent at Bayhealth. Having already been a DAISY Award recipient at a previous hospital, Ricks was practically speechless to be honored again. “I have a passion to care for everyone. I love my work and am driven to do what’s right for the patients. I want to help them in any way I can,” Ricks said. “I’m thankful for my team. We have a solid, knowledgeable group here. I look up to, admire and respect so many of them.”
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.