Through a new partnership with the DAISY Foundation, nurses at Weiss Memorial Hospital who go above and beyond in their work may now be honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses®. The award is part of the foundation’s mission to recognize nurses for the excellent and compassionate care they provide patients and families every day.
“Weiss is proud to participate in the DAISY Award program. It’s important for nurses to be recognized for their dedication and compassionate care, said Chief Nursing Officer Dr. Yolanda Coleman. “Being nominated for the award shows nurses their work is highly valued.”
Weiss patients and their families are encouraged to nominate their nurse by completing a hard-copy form or submitting their nomination electronically through a QR code found on posters displayed throughout the hospital.
Each quarter, the DAISY Committee at Weiss selects an exceptional nurse to receive the award at a ceremony honoring the recipient. Current nominees also are recognized at the event.
The honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as 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.”
Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.
The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. 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. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. 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.