Daisy Award

Al BondsDecember 2020 Recipient – Al Bonds – 9 QB

Each of our experiences at Children’s of Alabama has found us thankful. Thankful for the expertise of the doctors. The care and competency among the nurses and ancillary staff members. The attention to detail that the facility/maintenance/housekeeping give day in and day out. I could write about a number of people like the lady in the 2nd floor café or who I believe is the CEO who stands at the crosswalk during the morning shift change thanking one group for what they have done while saying “good morning” to the incoming shift. You don’t have to look far to see that there is a positive culture at Children’s of Alabama and that does not happen on accident. It takes a lot of people pulling in the same direction. 

Though I cannot write about everyone, I do want to recognize and ultimately recommend for the DAISY award one person that I have observed to exemplify the Children’s of Alabama culture. He’s from 9 QB. According to all the criteria, is a deserving recipient of the DAISY award. Just today I observed him serve as a role model for the nursing profession, demonstrating a caring attitude in several situations, communicating with compassion and making a significant difference in the life of my little girl. He was a role model for the profession as he demonstrated a caring attitude and communicated with compassion. When we made it to the floor, he was not only there to greet us and provide great care, but he also informed us that he would have a new nurse that was training with him. In every interaction he showed himself to be a gifted orientate/trainer. I am confident that he could have run through the checklist and room set-ups thus allowing her to work on her professional competencies as well as her interpersonal communication skills. It was a clear display of the training strategy. I do…you watch. I do….you help. You do….I watch. You do….I help. He was so gifted at knowing the appropriate step his trainee was on, thus he knew exactly where he needed to be and how he could best help her grow. And all of this was done with a level of care and compassion for his colleague. That is to be commended. 

He also demonstrated a caring attitude, communicated with compassion and made a difference in the life of his patient. I could list several examples, but the one I’d like to reference is regarding a simple syringe. For some this might be a small thing, but it was more than a syringe. It was about seeing his patient and using his experiences to know what would really be helpful. My daughter had a fairly invasive surgery on her mouth which was going to make it tough to drink, so instead of just getting her a drink, he brought in a syringe which was soft flexible and took the time to explain why he brought it and how it might help her better access fluids. You see, it wasn’t about the syringe. That would have been great in and of itself. It was about him really seeing his patient- of which he was sure to consistently call her by her name thus contributing to her worth and value. And you know what, his idea worked. It got her drinking. Consequently, it got her walking. It was the reason when he came to tell her “goodnight” that she looked at him, gave him the best “I’m still groggy from the pain medicine” smile she could and a thumbs up to let him know that she was ok. I have no doubt he cares that she is okay, and not only does he care, but at every opportunity he helped make that a reality. 

All the Best 

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November 2020 Nomination List

Crystal Calvert – CCU
Palmer Fant – BMTU
Samantha Fialko – Dearth
Madison Rutledge – Dearth
Lauren Startley – Dearth
Brenda Campbell – SCU


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