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CRMH Presents DAISY Award to Extraordinary Nurse

CRMH Presents DAISY Award to Extraordinary Nurse

August 26, 2019

Nurses at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital are being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses ®. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day. 

                The DAISY Award recipient for this quarter is Michelle Edmundson. Michelle was recognized by a former Family Maternity Services patient. The patient was 20 years old and was being induced with her son at 39 weeks. As a first time mother, she was terrified. Michelle stayed with her the whole time, through the epidural wearing off, until finally, her son was delivered. At one point, she didn’t think she could handle the pain, but Michelle’s calm and reassuring manner helped to give her the motivation she needed to get through the birthing process. The patient noted that if she had to do it all over again, she wouldn’t want anyone else by her side!

                The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.)  The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

                Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues.  The award recipient is chosen by a committee at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are presented throughout the year at celebrations attended by the Honoree’s colleagues, patients, and visitors.  Each Honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an "Extraordinary Nurse."  The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people."  Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

                Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human, extraordinary, compassionate work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at CRMH are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

                Said Chief Nursing Officer Gina Thomas, “We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in The DAISY Award program.  Nurses are heroes every day.  It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”         

                This is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation to express gratitude to the nursing profession.  Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, The DAISY Faculty Award to honor inspiring faculty members in schools and colleges of nursing, and The DAISY in Training Award for nursing students. More information is available at