The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates
the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care provided by nurses
every day. The program is managed through The DAISY Foundation, which
was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of
complications from an auto-immune disease at the age of 33.
A DAISY Award winner for CVHP not only has excellent clinical skills, but
also demonstrates compassionate care and exemplifies the following:
- Makes patients and families feel safe and comfortable
- Provides individualized, compassionate and patient centered care to the
patient and family
- Goes above and beyond your expectations
- Role models positive service behaviors (i.e. Class ACT: Attitude, Courtesy
CVHP's DAISY Award Committee selects winners from a field of nominations
submitted by patients, patients' family members and staff from across
We are so proud that our organization has its first two official DAISY
Our second winner of the DAISY Award is Mari Almond, a nurse who works
in the ER at FPH. Mari was nominated by a co-worker who wrote the following:
"Her compassion for staff, patients and families is what nursing is
all about. I've personally grown as a nurse because of her guidance.
She has a quiet calm about her through any situation. At the end of her
shifts as charge nurse (every time) she tells each and every staff member
'Great job today.' Loving and caring isn't something you learn,
that comes natural. (Her) compassion and knowledge is what makes her a
great nurse and mentor."
Mandy Littlefield, a nurse on the 3rd floor DOU at QVC is our first. Here is an excerpt from Mandy's nomination
form which was submitted by a patient's family member:
"Mandy was our nurse for several days during our stay. Her approach
to patient care stands out amongst all of the care we received at Queen
of the Valley. She takes time to learn her patients' wants and needs.
She compassionately cares for her patients and their families. She goes
over and above to communicate both to the doctors and the patients. She
understands her role as a liaison in patient care. Her care and concern
for her patients is shown over and over again whether she is talking with
family or demonstrating a technique to a student nurse. As a family member
I greatly appreciated Mandy taking a minute to call and update myself
on my mom's care. She is an excellent teacher and communicator. I
greatly appreciate all she has done to care for my mom."
CVHP will continue to name a DAISY Award winner every month. To learn more
about the program and how you can nominate a nurse, visit The DAISY Award
page online at
www.cvhp.org or look for the official DAISY posters and nomination boxes in the lobbies
and nursing units.