Featured Story Written By Lauren Whitby

Picking Daisies

A new program coming to IMH is creating new ways for patients, guests and staff to show their gratitude.

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Each year, on the week of Florence Nightingale’s birth­day, hospi­tals and health­care facil­i­ties across the nation cele­brate National Nurse’s Week to honor nurses for the care they provide patients daily. And while the week still holds great signif­i­cance to her, Chief Nurs­ing Offi­cer Nicole Rooney felt we could be doing more to recog­nize our nurses in our own hospital.

When Nicole first learned about the DAISY Foun­da­tion, she knew imme­di­ately the impact it could have at Ivin­son. As health­care providers, we (as IMH staff) have the tremen­dous priv­i­lege to provide support to members of our commu­nity when they are going through some of their most vulner­a­ble times,” Nicole remarks.

The DAISY Award is an inter­na­tion­ally recog­nized program that rewards and cele­brates the excel­lent clin­i­cal skill and compas­sion­ate care given by nurses every day. IMH is proud to be a DAISY Award hospi­tal part­ner, recog­niz­ing one of our nurses (LPN, RN, APRN) with this special honor each quarter.

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Each DAISY Award Honoree will be recog­nized at a public cere­mony in his/​her unit and will receive a beau­ti­ful certifi­cate, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculp­ture enti­tled, A Healer’s Touch.” Addi­tion­ally, we will cele­brate with cinna­mon rolls and a DAISY banner that will travel to each honoree’s depart­ment for a full quar­ter. DAISY Award Honorees will join a world­wide commu­nity of amaz­ing nurses. Each DAISY Award Honoree will be regis­tered with the DAISY Foun­da­tion and will be eligi­ble to receive the follow­ing benefits:

  • Reduced Tuition at Cham­ber­lain College of Nursing.
  • Reduced cost on ANCC certi­fi­ca­tion or renewal.
  • Reduced member­ship and specials through the Soci­ety of Pedi­atric Nursing.
  • Chero­kee Uniforms Nurs­ing Confer­ence Scholarship.

A nurse may be nomi­nated for this award by a patient, visitor/​guest, volun­teer or another IMH staff member. If you have a story about a specific situ­a­tion in which a nurse at IMH made a mean­ing­ful differ­ence, please nomi­nate them for a DAISY Award.

It can be fright­en­ing to be a patient in the hospi­tal, a family member caring for a patient having a proce­dure or even some­one estab­lish­ing care with their new Primary Care Provider,” Nicole adds. Through the lend­ing of our exper­tise, compas­sion and even a smile, we are often able to turn a scary situ­a­tion into an excep­tional experience.”

IMH will announce the first DAISY Award Honoree on the week of August 20. DAISY Award Honorees person­ify the IMH vision of Excep­tional Care. These nurses consis­tently demon­strate excel­lence through their clin­i­cal exper­tise and extra­or­di­nar­ily compas­sion­ate care and they are recog­nized as outstand­ing role models in our nurs­ing community.

You can learn more about the DAISY Awards online at ivin​son​hos​pi​tal​.org/​daisy.