Allyson Tomman, RN Recognized as KSB’s Spring DAISY Award Winner
Congratulations to Day Surgery Nurse, Allyson Tomman, RN, who was selected as KSB’s Spring DAISY Award winner. While the current COVID-19 situation didn’t allow for the usual DAISY dinner celebration, a surprise gathering was planned with a few of KSB’s nursing leaders to recognize Allyson’s accomplishment and present her with the award.
Allyson was nominated by a fellow KSB Employee, Nicole Fisher, for the extra care and kindness that she provided to her son before he underwent surgery to have his tonsils and adenoids removed. “AJ has zero tolerance for pain and he was very anxious about the procedure, which made me extremely nervous,” Nicole wrote in her nomination. “I was very worried about the scene we were about to face in day surgery and when Allyson walked in the room, AJ began to cry pretty hard.”
Allyson showed patience and comforted AJ to help calm him down and started by asking what his fears were. She told both AJ and Nicole not to worry, and that she was going to get something to help with his anxiety. “I was thinking Xanax or Ativan, but she came back with a coloring book about surgery, and took the time to talk to him about what the operating room looked like, who would be in there, how it would feel and the details on how he would fall asleep before the procedure,” Nicole wrote. “Not only did it calm AJ, but calmed my nerves as well. He trusted what she said and within minutes they were talking and joking. They say people will remember not what you say or do, but how you made them feel. Allyson made AJ and I feel like we were the most important people in the world that day.”
Allyson attended Sauk Valley Community College where she obtained both her LPN and RN degrees, as well as completed her BSN through Chamberlain University. As a new graduate three years ago, she began her career at KSB in the Day Surgery Department. “What I love about Day Surgery is my patients, I get the most satisfaction when I can make my patient comfortable and even laughing pre-operation,” explained Allyson. “The DAISY award was a surprise for me because I feel like my nomination was something I strive to do for each patient. I love taking care of the Pediatric patients and it’s important to win over the parents too, so I teared up when I realized I made such an impact on them. It feels good knowing that my hard work is appreciated, and the mother and child were happy with their stay! I also would like to thank my co-workers; we make a great team down here and I appreciate everything they do!”
Director of Surgical Services, Beth Wilcox, praised the way Allyson interacts with patients, “She does an excellent job educating patients on what to expect both while they are here and post op, and does exceptionally well with children and their parents. Allyson understands that often it’s the parents who are most anxious and she goes above and beyond to put both the patient and their parents at ease.”