Daisy Award

Makayla StokesMarch 2020 Recipient—Makayla Stokes – 7 Dearth

My granddaughter was admitted to the hospital on March 7, 2020 due to flu and MCADD. During her hospital stay. She had this nurse on March 8 & 9th She went above and beyond to make sure my child felt as comfortable as possible and she was very reassuring and supportive to me as her caregiver. She took extra time to talk to my child about dogs (her favorite subject) and even braid her hair!! I noticed this nurse staying long past her shift to complete her charts probably because she spent extra time throughout the day trying to attend to the needs of all of her patients. She has a beautiful attitude and willing spirit and when she needed assistance with our IV machine that kept beeping. She didn't hesitate to ask for help and make every effort to quiet that machine! (eventually it did stop) All that being said, so much better than we imagined, and we will always be grateful to her.

Brianna MillerApril 2020 Recipient—Brianna Miller – CCU

My 4-week-old preemie was diagnosed with Terra logy of Fallot. He was admitted to the ICU monitoring and then transferred to the CCU. This diagnosis coupled with the stress from COVID-19 had me a nervous wreck. She was so patient and answered my many questions. She was very honest and encouraging and definitely put me at peace. She went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable and included. I have no doubt she gave us the same care she would give her own family. We are so appreciating.

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April 2020 Nomination List

Brittany Cagle – CCU

Daisy Award LogoThe DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 by the Barnes family in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. Having been touched by the remarkable care, clinical skills and compassion demonstrated by nurses during Patrick's illness, the Barnes family made it their mission to recognize exceptional nurses around the world.

A DAISY Award will be given once a month. The monthly award winner will be recognized at a ceremony and will receive a framed certificate, a DAISY Award signature lapel pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer's Touch. Additionally, the unit or department of the recipient will receive Cinnabon's cinnamon rolls—a favorite of Patrick's during his illness—with the sentiment that the heavenly aroma will remind them how special they are and how important their work is.

Nurses that receive The DAISY Award personify Children's of Alabama's remarkable patient experience. These individuals consistently demonstrate excellence by:

  • Serving as a role model for the nursing profession
  • Demonstrating a caring attitude in all situations
  • Communicating with compassion, using words the patient and family understand
  • Making a significant difference in the life of a patient