February 6, 2014

CAMC is partnering with the National DAISY Foundation to bring the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses to CAMC.*

The DAISY Award (an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System) rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. The award was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, a Seattle, WA, patient that died from an autoimmune disease in recognition of the nurses who cared for him. There are more than 1,500 DAISY Award partners worldwide.

CAMC's Shared Governance Retention Recognition Council developed the DAISY criteria, nomination process and recognition activities for Memorial, General, and Women and Children's hospitals. A committee is also working on establishing similar processes for CAMC Teays Valley Hospital, which will join the DAISY Program in the coming months.

Similar to the Heart and Soul employee recognition program, DAISY offers another opportunity to recognize exceptional nursing staff.

"The DAISY Award was not intended to compete with our long-standing Heart and Soul program," said Ron Moore, vice president of professional practice and chief nursing officer. "Both programs provide excellent opportunities to honor outstanding employees. The DAISY Award simply focuses more on the role of nurses and their unique contributions to patient care."

Nurses will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

1. Committed to focusing on the goals of the patient, family and institution.

2. Serves as a patient advocate.

3. Demonstrates outstanding clinical skills and decision-making capabilities.

4. Serves as role model in professional nursing as demonstrated by exceptional core values, proactive leadership, mentoring, and interpersonal skills with patients, families, peers and colleagues.

5. Collaborates with multidisciplinary teams to coordinate plan of care including: assessment, outcome identification, planning, implementation and evaluation.

Awardees will be recognized by the Nursing Management Council, at their hospital's managers' meeting, and on their unit. Honorees will receive a DAISY award certificate and pin, along with a hand-carved sculpture entitled "A Healer's Touch." In addition, everyone on the honoree's unit will celebrate with Cinnabon® iced cinnamon rolls, a favorite of Barnes' during his illness.

Anyone can nominate an extraordinary RN or LPN for the DAISY Award (patients, visitors, nurses, physicians, employees, etc.). Nominations can be submitted online via CAMnet (on the Nurse Central page) or at camc.org/daisy. Printed forms will also be distributed to all nursing units and can be submitted at each hospital's information desk in the main lobby. Nominations can be submitted anytime.

Honorees will be selected quarterly by a selection committee, with the first awards being presented in March.

"Participating in the DAISY Award program helps us give back to our top nurses who give so much to our patients every day," Moore said. "I encourage our staff to nominate their nursing peers for this distinguished honor."

*The Daisy Award is only available to nurses at CAMC General, Memorial, and Women and Children's hospitals at this time. It will be available to nurses at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital in the near future.

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