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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.

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.

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