Daisy Award

January 2018 Recipient—Martha Dean – Special Care

Martha is my New Year’s Eve angel. After we were admitted with our daughter, we had the same nursing team for two and a half days. So I was nervous when they switched staff up on us for the holiday. How are these new people going to know whether Lulu is getting better or worse not having seen her through the worst of her illness? Logically I realized that this is common practice, because your nurses can't work 7–12 hour shifts all the time. Emotionally I was not prepared to have a stranger enter into our daughter's care when we have had such a great time with our other nurses. I could not have been more pleasantly surprised by Martha. She was so attentive and compassionate and just wonderful. Our daughter laid there on the highest possible amount of flow for her tiny 8 week old body, and I was an emotional wreck. The view from our room was of Spain Wallace, the building where I was just 9 weeks earlier. While 39 weeks pregnant, I held my mother's hand as she passed in palliative care, just shy of meeting her first grand daughter. I felt compelled to share this with Martha. I guess I wanted her to know the source of my tears. She offered me such kind words and support. I will never forget her. I was so thankful she was our nurse yet again the following evening, and got to escort us to the 5th floor. Without her I don't know that I would have emotionally been able to hold myself together the previous evening. Since we left our room so late in the evening, I know someone needed it much more than we did at that point, and we were happy to leave. I know the next child they put in there was going to be in loving, intelligent, and attentive hands. Martha is a wonderful woman, and I am thankful to have known her and thankful for the care she not only provided my daughter, but the care she extended to me as well.


January 2018 Nomination List

Carly Bedsole - SCU
Cassidy Black - SCU
Albert (Al) Bonds III - 9 QB
Ashley Hawkins - 10 QB
Christina Hessing - SCU
Haley Lustig - 6 Dearth
Lauren McGuffey - 9 Harbert
Taylor Middleton - 5 Dearth
Mallori Payne - 9 Harbert
Seth Perry - 10 QB


daisylogo.gifThe 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

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