Daisy Award

August 2018 Recipient—Lisa Tyson – 9 QB

After all this time in the hospital with my daughter I believe I have figured out the difference between a good nurse and an exceptional one. The exceptional ones have a servant's heart. They don't just think of how they can help the child medically, they think of ways to serve the child and his/her family. It doesn't take long on your first shift with Lisa to see her servant's heart of gold. Lisa is always sure to do everything as it should be (medically) but goes the extra mile to make sure everyone is taken care of in every way. My daughter adores her and asks for her daily, Lisa thinks of the things to do that most nurses don't. She has cleared my daughter's tray every single night when she's finished with dinner. If she hears that she wants a bottle, Lisa not only quickly goes and gets the milk but also washes and scrubs our cup from home so that my daughter can drink from her favorite cup. She has changed the bed linens if they've needed it while my daughter is in the shower so she has a fresh bed each night. These are the things that make this hospital life a little easier. You see, these four walls begin to close in on you and that stinky tray from a meal hours ago, and those bed sheets with food on them from dinner don't let you forget their existence. I want to do as I do at home and just fix these things but while I am in here I can't, and that's not easy for a momma to accept. Every nurse we have had at Children's holds a special place In our heart for their kindness and compassion, but Lisa deserves recognition for her care giving attitude and her desire to go above and beyond.

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August 2018 Nomination List

Jamie Vill - 6 Dearth
Amelia Jones - 6 Dearth
Angelica Marbury - 6 Dearth
Cheryl Ferren - 9 QB
Courtney Jacks - NICU


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