The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses
Hospital Announces DAISY Award Recipient
Murphy Medical Center presented Registered Nurse Rachael Dickey the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses during a ceremony held October 28. The award was presented at the facility in recognition of the extraordinary work and patient care that nurses provide.
Chief Nursing Officer Teresa Bowleg stated, “Murphy Medical Center is defined by the compassion, dedication and skill of all of our nursing staff. They are often the unrecognized professionals who will transform healthcare. I congratulate Rachael, and am honored to serve our nurses whose practice reflects the highest standards of nursing excellence.”
The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award is a national program to reward excellence in the nursing profession. It was created by the DAISY Foundation to honor J. Patrick Barnes of Glen Allen CA, who passed away in 1999 from complications of an immune system disease. Bonnie Barnes, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation stated, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide acutely ill patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the superhuman work they do.”
Murphy Medical Center DAISY Award honorees receive a pin, certificate and hand-carved stone sculpture titled ‘A Healer’s Touch’. Additionally, everyone attending the award ceremony enjoys freshly-baked cinnamon rolls – a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness.
Fellow employees and patients are encouraged to nominate candidates for the award, based on their commitment to teamwork, quality, safety, compassion and professionalism. Dickey joins the ranks of nineteen nurses who have previously received the award since the hospital adopted the recognition program in 2009.