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Daisy Award


August 2023 Recipient – Kinley Sandlin – Burn Unit

Congratulations to Kinley Sandlin, who was presented with the August 2023 DAISY Award. Her nomination read, in part, “My son became an inpatient for the second time on August 4, 2023… Knowing that he had pulled a tooth on Saturday evening, she asked me if it was okay if she gave an old tradition, some new tradition fun to him. She typed up a letter and picked out two toys based off conversations she had with him about things/hobbies he enjoys. Even when her shift ended, she had things in place to help my son believe in magic again.” Congratulations, Kinley!

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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