Daisy Award

Allison MonacoMarch 2021 Recipient – Allison Monaco – 10 QB

Our daughter was admitted to 10 QB. She was assigned to my daughter that evening and several evenings after. She managed a delicate situation with compassion and care. She consistently provided good communication to the parents, offered to help manage our daughter's fractured leg, which was new for us, and addressed any concerns/questions we had (bringing others in as needed). It's hard to describe the relationship between a nurse and parent. Nurses are the front line of communication and we parents depend on them to provide most, if not all, necessities to survive while in the hospital. Having a nurse who is compassionate, communicative, effective and dependable is a huge blessing to the parents who are dealing with so much. She exemplified all these traits consistently over multiple days. She learned along with me how to move my daughter's leg (which was in a pillow splint), provided suggestions to prevent the splint from getting dirty during diaper changes, talked through my daughter's plan of care with me multiple times when I needed. All of this was in addition to my daughter's needs. Each morning, she would make coffee before she left because she knew I drank it first thing. She went above and beyond in addition to performing her duties with dependable precision. It was a relief to this mom each night she was assigned to our daughter and allowed me to get the rest I needed for another day.

Thank you to her and all the nurses like her. It makes these stressful hospital stays more tolerable.

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March 2021 Nomination List

Jordan Buffy – 10 QB
Kaitlyn Hakel – 10 QB
Randi Joe Bowling – 10 QB
Regan Jennings – 6 Dearth
Jasmine Smaw – 7 Dearth
Caroline Coate – 9 QB
Brittany Moore – NICU
Dianne Phillips – Urology


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