Nurses at Halifax Regional Medical Center will soon be honored with The DAISY Foundation Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.
The first award recipient is will be chosen and announced in January, but the hospital is now accepting nominations.
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, and families and honorees are chosen by a committee of nurses at Halifax Regional to receive the award. Awards will be given quarterly throughout the year and presented in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors. Each Honoree will receive a certificate commending he or she 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 Zimbabwe, Africa.
“We are proud to be among the national and international healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program,” said Karen Daniels, VP of Nursing, Halifax Regional. “Nurses are heroes every day, it’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”
This is just 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.