Nurses at St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital are now being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize nurses that go the extra mile for their patients, family and team members.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.
Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee of nurses at St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations given in front of the nurse's colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors. Each Honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an "Extraordinary Nurse." The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people." The Honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer's Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.
Nomination forms are available below to download but they are also available in all waiting rooms, and can be taken to the nurses station, or sent to St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital Nursing Administration, 1102 W. MacArthur, Shawnee, Ok 74804.
Download Nomination Form
"When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night," Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation. "Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award."
"We are proud to be among the health care organizations participating in the DAISY Award program," said Cathy Broome, Administrative Director, Nursing Service, St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital. "Nurses are on the front lines every day, and the DAISY Award is a way to celebrate them and what they do for the patients and their families."
This is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation in service to the nursing profession. Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, The DAISY Faculty Award to honor inspiring faculty members in schools and colleges of nursing, and The DAISY in Training Award for nursing students. More information is available at http://DAISYfoundation.org.