SRMC Launches Daisy Award to Honor Work of Nurses

May 20, 2017

There may be no better way to thank the nurse who nursed you back to health than with a DAISY.

Starr Regional Medical Center campuses in Athens and Etowah are seeking the community's help to recognize the work of outstanding local nurses through participation in the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses program.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation, based in Glen Ellen, Calif., was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who 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. The care Barnes 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.

"When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night," said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, president and co-founder of The DAISY Foundation. "Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Starr Regional Medical Center are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award."

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee of nurses at Starr Regional to receive The DAISY Award. Awards will be given quarterly at presentations given in front of the nurse's colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors. Each honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being 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." The honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer's Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

Nomination forms are available in lobbies, nursing units, cafeterias, emergency rooms, and other locations in Starr Regional's Athens and Etowah campuses.

The form can also be found online at

DAISY Nurses must meet the following criteria in order to be selected for the award:

* Established a special connection with patients and families through trust and emotional support.

* Provided compassionate care. Kept the patient and their family at the center of care.

* Demonstrated professionalism in the work environment.

* Communicated clearly and effectively with coworkers and patients.

*Committed to the highest standards of professional nursing practice.

* Demonstrated excellent clinical and critical thinking skills.

The DAISY Award program is open to nurses only, such as LPNs, RNs, and nurse practitioners. If non-nurses receive a nomination, they will be recognized separately from the DAISY Award program.

"We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program," said Starr Regional's interim chief nursing officer Teresa Reynolds. "Nurses are heroes every day. It's important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that."

Click Here to nominate a nurse.

Courtesy Greg Moses, Editor
The Daily Post Athenain