Daisy Caban: Nurse Who Puts People First

By: Emily Grace Matilla

Laughter is the best medicine… just ask a nurse. Daisy Caban, a 57-year-old registered nurse was born December 19, 1959 in Youngstown, Ohio.

“It all started when I was five years old. I had a baby doll and she broke her hand. I knew she needed to be fixed… from then on, I decided I wanted to become a nurse”, said Caban.

Caban used to hear stories of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Nightingale’s commitment to patient care inspired her to become a nurse.

“If she could do it, then I could do it too.”

Caban currently works at Avmed, which is a health care company. She works as a quality improvement coordinator, which is the administrative side of insuring. The nurses have to make sure that their health care members get the best possible quality of care. The favorite part of her job is being at the bedside of a patient.

” The patient will always go first”, said Caban, with pride.

” Seeing a premature baby, born with multiple deformaties, left alone by his parents… was the most difficult part of my job.”

Caban graduated as valedictorian from high school, and went to Youngstown State University to study science and technology and majored in nursing. She also had to go through training Some of the courses that she took include, anatomy, chemistry, and psychology to name a few. Caban has been working hard to get where she is now.

She usually works 10-12 hours every weekday. To her, nurses are important because  they are a patients’ closest alibi, when they find themselves in a state of altered health. Caban’s  faith is what drives her to keep going in life.

“The word of God teaches us the golden rule, which tells us to simply do unto others as we would like others to do unto us”, said Caban. One of the craziest moments in her life was in the psych ward.

“While working in a psych unit, as a nursing student, i was left alone in the psych ward during group therapy…the patients, while sitting in their group circle on their rockers, started to get anxious and started to chant.”

“Not knowing what to do, i started right along with them. My instructor came back into the ward and saw me carrying on like one of the psych patients. In spite of their probable idea of me being a threat to them, i was able to blend in and put them at ease. In reality, i was scared out of my wits!”

One thing that Caban believes in the most is “love and kindness.” Caban loves what she does and is passionate about it. She treats every patient with kindness and respect. Caban says,”Although a physician orders the care, it’s a nurse who is at a patient’s side to carry it out”


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