Daisy Award

April 2017 Recipient—Savannah Goodlett – PICU

As parents we don't trust many people with our child (with special needs}. However, the entire staff here has been great. Giving 150% to our child. However, there is one that showed excellence above and beyond.

They not only gave 150% in the care of our child but they took the initiative to get to know us and our child. They asked things about our daughter and via watching how we handled her. I found that they were giving our child stuffed animals, making sure they were placed under her hands for comfort of her sensory issues. They also talked to her all the time like we were doing, as though she was awake. The more we talked and the more I watched them interact with my daughter, I noticed they were talking with her about things that would be familiar to her (good things) that we had talked about out loud to our daughter while she was in drug induced coma.

Therefore, they were observant with our interactions with our child and used that knowledge to help accommodate her. They also noticed that we were playing movies for her off the "get well network" and we would put one on before we would leave to go eat. However, I noticed that once we came back there was a different movie on. They knew why we played the movies for her. We played them constantly to make her feel she was home. They help us while we were out of the room by keeping it like "home normal" without asking.

The above is a pure example of one of your RN's going way above and beyond in our book. I will never forget them nor do I feel that our "thank you" is sufficient. Therefore, we feel that nominating them for this award is a small token to show them and in hopes that they be recognized for going above and beyond their duties as a nurse and helping create and maintaining the safety and comfort of being home for our daughter.

They are the definition of all the information I have read about what you want your RN's to represent.

We thank UAB, COA and all the staff. However, we wish to thank this nurse for going above and beyond.


April 2017 Nomination List

Careen Rush – 5 Dearth
Eric Barlett – 10 Harbert
Kimberly Miller – 7 Dearth
Chloe Wade – 7 Death
Lisa Loggins – 5 Dearth
McCoy Evans – ED
Laura Burke – PICU
Jeffrey Dupree – PICU
Elizabeth D'Amico – 8 QB
Koury Young – 7 Harbert
Geodan Saidon – 7 Harbert
Cinthia Zavala-Cervantes – 5 Dearth
Emily Andrews – 9 QB/ Burn Unit


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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