FirstHealth of the Carolinas has announced its participation in an awards program to recognize nurses. The hospital is now a partner in the DAISY Awards, and the first nurse will be honored in May.
Deana Kearns, R.N., of First Health Clinical Practice said, “DAISY Award honorees personify FirstHealth’s extraordinary patient experience. These nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care, and are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community.”
Patients and family members can submit nominations, which should be based on criteria including the nurse’s desire and ability to connect with and support patients and families, professionalism in the work environment, and a commitment to the highest standards of professional nursing practice.
The word “DAISY” was chosen for the awards as an acronym for “diseases attacking the immune system”. The program is supported by a foundation set up in 1999 in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, a 33-year-old husband and new father who died of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (or, “ITP”), a blood disease that prevents normal clotting.
Family members say the awards program recognizes “the one really positive thing” about Pat Barnes’ final eight-week hospitalization – “the skillful and amazing compassionate care he received from his nurses.”
Nurses from throughout the FirstHealth organization can be nominated for a DAISY Award. The online nomination form can be found on the FirstHealth website by clicking here.