The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

by Howard Gerber on November 29, 2010

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Nurses go above and beyond the call of duty every single time they enter their work environment. In a hospital, nurses don’t just administer medications or assist the patient’s doctor. They are the ones who spend the most time with a patient and who will notice if the patient’s condition begins to change. They are the ones who are responsible for notifying the physician of any abnormalities and getting the patient any addition care he or she may need.

Amazingly, even this does not describe the scope of their duties. Nurses also have to help the patient’s family navigate the emotional and logistical landmines of caring for a sick individual. It often falls to the nurses to offer emotional support to family members who are faced with the loss of a loved one or who have just received a terrifying diagnosis. It is a nurse who holds the hand of a mother as she prepares for delivery and who hands the baby over for the first time.

Nursing requires an exceptional type of person and a lot of dedication. It is wonderful, then, that there is an organization that provides a monthly award for those extraordinary nurses who have a positive, possibly even miraculous, effect on the lives of their patients.

The DAISY award is facilitated by the Daisy Foundation, but the award itself is typically presented by individual medical facilities. The recipient of the award receives a lovely certificate, a special pin, and a sculpture. The unit the winning nurse works in receives a celebration banner and goodies from Cinnabon. Is this a huge award with significant national prestige or high monetary value? No. However, that is not the point. The award shows the extraordinary nurses who win, that their work, love, and devotion have been noticed by their superiors and those they care for. In a profession that is constantly caring for others, it is this token of appreciation, respect, and even love that means so much to the nurses who receive the award.

If your hospital or health facility is not currently participating in the Daisy award, why not suggest it to them? If you are a nurse that sees other nurses who are doing an amazing job, take the time to let them know. If you are a patient who received exceptional care during your time at a hospital, call the administrators of the facility and let them know just how much the care you received meant to you. If you are in health administration consider implementing this award system, or one like it, to increase moral and encourage exceptional care for your patients.

As a nurse, what would it mean to you to receive an award like the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses?

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