Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Nominate an Outstanding Nurse for the Daisy Award

The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses will recognize 12 nurses serving with USA Health for the first time this year. Nominations began on Sept. 27, 2016.

“We will accept nominations for outstanding nursing on a continuous basis – year round,” said Stephanie McDaniel, director of customer service at the University of South Alabama Children's & Women's Hospital.

According to McDaniel, the Daisy Award is given to licensed nurses who demonstrate extraordinary, compassionate care for their patients.

All nurses across USA Health licensed in all levels from LPN and up are eligible for nomination.

Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians and employees may nominate a deserving nurse online at or by filling out a nomination form and submitting it to the nurse’s station, dropping the nomination in a Daisy box, or leaving with a staff member at the main information desk throughout all USA Health hospitals and clinics.

Daisy Award honorees will be announced during surprise prize patrols, which will be comprised of representatives from across USA Health. Honorees of the award will receive a certificate, a Daisy Award pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture titled A Healer’s Touch. McDaniel said that a surprise gift specifically for Daisy honorees at USA Health is also being developed.

Additionally, the unit will celebrate with Cinnabon cinnamon rolls. The Barnes family, founders of the Daisy Foundation, asks that whenever and wherever nurses smell the wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment to think about how special are.

The Daisy Foundation was founded in 1999 in memory of Patrick Barnes by his family after he passed away from complications due to Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). Touched by the compassionate and professional attitudes the nurses who took care of Patrick and his family exhibited during his stay in the hospital, Patrick’s family decided to find a way say thank you for the gifts nurses give to patients and families every day.

For more information about the Daisy Foundation, click here.

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