Since the beginning of last year, AMN Healthcare and The Center for the Advancement of Healthcare Professionals (The Center) have partnered with the DAISY Foundation to present selected clinicians with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. This worldwide awards program recognizes nurses for the incredible work they do for patients and families every day. The awards are given quarterly to travel nurses who have been nominated by colleagues, patients, and/or loved ones.
About the DAISY Award
The organization behind the DAISY Award is the DAISY Foundation founded by the Barnes family. DAISY stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. In 1999, Pat Barnes, loving son, husband and father to 3-month-old daughter Riley, lost his life because of complications from Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a disorder that can lead to quick or excessive bruising and bleeding caused by unusually low levels of platelets, the cells that help blood clot.
During the eight weeks he was hospitalized before his passing, Pat’s wife Tena, his dad Mark and other family members were deeply touched by the extraordinary care, kindness and empathy shown by the nurses who cared for Pat. They could find no better way to honor his memory than creating a program to recognize nurses who go above and beyond to provide the best care and service to their patients.
Today, AMN is among the more than 2,700 healthcare organizations in the U.S. and in countries including China, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Thailand and Brazil that participate in the DAISY award program.
And the Winners are ….
Our 2018 Q4 DAISY Award winner is Heather Jones, a clinician with NursesRX, an AMN company. Heather has been nominated six times, and one of her most recent patients submitted the nomination that ultimately won her this quarter’s DAISY award.
"I would like to Nominate Heather Jones for the DAISY award. She found a way to make every shift she worked fun. She would dance past my room, make me laugh, and sit with me and just talk, making sure I was comfortable. Since I have leukemia, I have been in the hospital a lot, and face a lot more stays ahead of me. I wish there were more nurses like her. I find it extremely important to be able to trust your nurse. Heather I never doubted. She always made sure I was understanding what was happening. Even when she wasn’t my nurse during that shift she would always stop by to make sure I was okay! Please consider her for the award. She definitely deserves it!! "
Calling for DAISY Award Nominations
Have you been the recipient of extraordinary care by an AMN Healthcare nurse? Do you know an AMN Healthcare clinician who’s committed to providing excellent care? We want to know! Go to https://amnhealthcare.wixsite.com/amn-daisyaward to nominate an AMN Healthcare nurse who you think is committed to excellence and is passionate about providing the best care to patients. Winners are selected carefully by an internal committee.