Nurses at Rainy Lake Medical Center will soon be honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day.
Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues. The award recipient is chosen by a committee at RLMC to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are presented throughout the year at celebrations attended by the honoree’s colleagues, patients, and visitors. Each honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an “Extraordinary Nurse.”
“We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in The DAISY Award program,” said Kelly Hagen, RLMC chief nursing officer. “Nurses go above and beyond 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.”
The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Barnes died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) The care Barnes 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.
Applications to nominated a nurse at RLMC for a DAISY Award are available in paper form at RLMC or electronically at rainylakemedical.com under the resources tab.