Daisy Award

Madison SimpsonSeptember 2020 Recipient—Madison Simpson – 10 Harbert

To be clear, we did not want nor to expect to be in the hospital for a week with a joint infection. But we couldn't be more thankful that she was a part of my child's Children's Hospital experience. From the beginning of our stay until discharge, I was struck by her poise, confidence and professionalism. She is young and shared she has only been a nurse for two years. But she carries herself like an experienced, seasoned nurse who understands how to interact with a child. She was consistently kind, and always made it a point to explain every procedure to my daughter. Whether it was flushing an IV line or helping her understand what an MRI would sound like. She explained everything in detail which did a world of good in taking the mystery out of being in the hospital, which of course, decreased her fear. My daughter came to Children's Hospital in pain and afraid of what was ahead. She left understanding the nuances of her plan of care and summarizing her stay to her friends by using words like "antibiotics" and "inflammation." And she is eight.

As we drove home on Sept. 3rd I asked my daughter what she thought of being in the hospital for 7 days. Did she mention the pain? No. Did she talk about the scary MRI sounds? No. The awkwardness of the bedpan? Not once. What she said will always stick with me. "Mom, when I grow up, I want to be a nurse I I want to help sick people get better. I want to be like this nurse."

So, in May of 2034 when I watch my daughter walk across a stage and receive her nursing degree, I will be proud. And I will thank this nurse back in the summer of 2020, and I will be grateful.

Please consider this nurse for this very deserved recognition. She most certainly deserves it.

Thank you for your time.

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September 2020 Nomination List

Ashley Zeigler – 7 Dearth
Gracie Groves – SCU
Jamie Kasey Rice – 9 QB
Jennifer Taylor – NICU
Kelly Johnston – NICU
Mary Grace Patterson – NICU
Whitney Staggs – 6 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