Daisy Award

Kasey RiceJuly 2020 Recipient—Kasey Rice – Burn Unit

She is new to the profession but exemplary. I can't explain how her demeanor, knowledge, confidence and genuineness helps the patient and their family. She goes beyond the required job responsibilities. It may be her willingness to help an exhausted mother get tangled knots out of her child's hair, finding "play" sunglasses for the patient (after she asked for them and went digging in old toys), or seeking answers to reassure the parents about the care of their child. My daughter requested her to help perform whatever care was needed. She was able to efficiently and with great care provide her patient with support while making sure the patient follows the doctor's orders. She gave me peace of mind and reassurance that my daughter's needs were being met.

The best way to explain it is that when she comes into the room, my daughter smiles and happily speaks.

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July 2020 Nomination List

Brittany Dodgen – SCU
Monica Kulp – 7 Dearth
Brianna Montagano – CCU
Makayla Stokes – Dearth


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