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.