Daisy Award

June 2017 Recipient—Julie Stone – NICU

She was one of the first nurses to care for our son. She made me feel comfortable, important, and necessary in my son's life right away, even though almost everything was out of my control. She immediately got me involved with his care by having me help change his diaper and help with his oral care. She continued to make sure we felt included throughout his four weeks. She was always willing to answer our questions or find the doctor who could. She kept us updated with what she was doing and spoke to us in non-medical terms when we needed It. Our son was in the best of hands when he had her as his nurse, and so were we.

She made sure to be there during his big surgery, taking on an extra shift to do so. One day, we had gotten bad news about his brain ultrasound. She was working but not in our room. I had a panic attack after hearing the news. I didn't know the nurse in the room. She switched places with the nurse in my son's room so that a familiar face was there when I calmed down. She helped as my husband comforted me and I was so thankful for that. She continued to show a compassionate and caring attitude toward my whole family. After a month, it was decided that we should withdraw care for our son. She made sure to be working on the day we said goodbye and walked us through every step. She supported us when needed, but also knew when we needed space and time along with our son. We will never forget her or the extraordinary care she gave our son (and us) during his short life.

Nominated by Allison Carney


June 2017 Nomination List

Brandi Cruz NICU
Nina Jackson 9 QB
James "Clay" Childress ED
Amanda Drummond 10 Harbert
Julie Stone NICU
John "Doug" Phillips 9 Harbert
Kim Miller 7 Dearth
Ashley Ellison 10 QB
Katrina Campbell CVICU
Tabitha West 6 Dearth
Natalie Allums 7 Dearth
Makeya Skanes 7 Dearth
Laura Burke PICU
Jeffrey Dupre PICU
Brianna Miller CCU
Amanda Carden CVICU
Grace "Gracie" Davis PICU
Tabitha Baker 10 Harbert
Deandra Ransaw 7 Dearth
Adeline "Addie" Phillips PICU
Marie Wilson CVICU
Madeline Power ER
Katherine Meredith CCU
Cinthia Zavala Cervantes 5 Dearth
McKenzie Zachary 10 Harbert
Grace Bethell PICU
Jamie Vill 6 Dearth
Ashley Pittman CVICU
Samantha Willmon PICU
Hannah Wolter 7 Dearth


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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