Daisy Award

February 2017 Recipient—Kendal Jaffe – PICU

I have just met this remarkable RN, Kendal Jaffe, for the first time. This is the first extended stay in a while, yet I've been here many times. Ms. Kendal shows genuine compassion, a positive attitude; even though I know myself it's frustrating at home to deal with. Yet she continued to have such a upbeat joy in her face and in her words of encouragement. One real big thing I took from her personality was she genuinely loves kids and people, and she tries to spread her infectious joy and kindness to everyone. She is happy to be at PICU. It's not just a job to do but for her patients and family. Her attitude that she has is caring and compassionate, as well as knowledgeable. I could write more and more from this encounter, but will stop after one more thing; she (Ms. Kendal) would be a great role model for all nurses. Especially new RNs or anyone thinking of the long term field of pediatrics.


February 2017 Nomination List

Amanda Gulley – 6 Dearth
Carreen Rush – 5 Dearth
Chelsie Pounders – 7 Dearth
Chloe Wade – 7 Dearth
Courtney Jacks – NICU
Deandra Ransaw – 7 Dearth
Karen Wood – 9 Harbert
Katie Richardson – 9 Harbert
Leah Ehrbar – 10 QB
McKenzie Almond – 7H-SCU
Megan Adams – 9 Harbert
Sabrina Caceres – 6 Dearth
Sarah Genelin – 10 QB
Tracy Masters – NICU
Victoria Reid – 9 Harbert


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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