Ida Balasi

Ida Balasi

Ida Balasi, RN

Gynecological Oncology
Highland Hospital
Rochester, New York
United States

In the three years since she arrived at Highland Hospital, Ida Balasi, RN, has approached her job with a singular determination; do the work the best she can.
Supervisors noticed it immediately, elevating her to the position of evening charge nurse. Fellow nurses noticed it immediately when they approached her for help because she always would stop, listen and then offer whatever assistance she could. Her unit on East 5 took notice and has nominated her for the DAISY Award the past three quarters, an award that recognizes the unsung contributions of nurses each and every day.
“That’s Ida,” said E5 Nurse Manager Karen Przybyszewski, RN, BSN. “She wouldn’t tell you all the things she does. But she is genuine and consistent, and the patients benefit from that, and our unit benefits from that.”
Added Chief Nursing Officer Tommye Hinton, RN, MSN, CPHQ, NEA-BC, “It’s one thing to do something once that everyone recognizes; it’s a whole other thing to be consistently good. Ida has been nominated consistently for the DAISY Award, meaning others are recognizing her as an incredible example of Highland’s mission and to the kind of care we provide.”
Ida Balasi received the third-quarter DAISY Award for excellence in nursing. The award acknowledges the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care provided by nurses every day. For her efforts, Ida was presented with a bouquet of daisies, a DAISY pin and a carved statue depicting a healer with a child. In addition to the individual honor, East 5 will get to hang the DAISY banner in the unit, and the staff will be delivered a tray of cinnamon buns.
“I am totally surprised and shocked,” Balasi said. “I come to work to help the patients. I feel good about being recognized, but I recognize that I have a very supportive manager and a wonderful group of fellow nurses that all deserve some sort of acknowledgement. To get this sort of award you need a supportive staff, and mine is.”
Tommye made note of that point during the presentation, saying that “behind every extraordinary nurse is an extraordinary team.” Nearly a dozen of Balasi’s colleagues were at the ceremony along with second-quarter DAISY Award honoree Bob Cox.
“Ida holds everyone accountable,” said Przybyszewski. “What sets her apart is her willingness to help train other nurses, her willingness to support other nurses and the fact she does so without ever judging you. She is stellar.”
Balasi said in her line of work, you have to be solid, you have to be a problem-solver and you have to remember that you have support. As the nurses on East 5 could tell you, that’s exactly the kind of nurse they have in Balasi.