MedWest Health System are inplementing the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses. The award, presented in collaboration with The American Organization of Nurse Executives is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the extraordinary efforts nurses put forth daily in caring for their patients.
A total of 12 awards will be presented to nurses at MedWest hospitals – Harris, Haywood, and Swain – and outpatient facilities. All MedWest nurses are eligible for nomination, which will be accepted beginning April 1. The presentation of the first three awards will take place during National Nurses Week on May 6.
MedWest employees and the public can nominate outstanding nurses. Every three months, a nurse will be selected from each Med- West hospital to receive the DAISY Award. Nominations for nurses working at outpatient locations, such as office practices and urgent care centers, will also be considered for the award.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 in 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a difference in the lives of their patients and patient families. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.
At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors, the honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.” The honoree also will be given a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, handcarved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.
For more information visit www.daisyfoundation.org