Alaska Native Medical Center

The DAISY Award

DAISY Award for Nursing Excellence

Alaska Native Medical Center’s nurses are viewed as respected partners, collaborators and leaders. They are constantly seeking ways to improve the services and care we provide, from processes and initiatives to technology and equipment. Many of our nurses continually strive to strengthen and expand their own skills, as well.

In an effort to further recognize our nurses for their outstanding work, ANMC partnered with the DAISY Award, an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. ANMC presents the DAISY Award quarterly to a RN who regularly goes above and beyond in the care they provide.

About the DAISY Award

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. The Alaska Native Medical Center is proud to be a DAISY Award Partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor every quarter.

To find out more about the program, including the growing list of partners, please go to www.DAISYfoundation.org.

Each DAISY Award Honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in her or his unit and will receive a certificate, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture titled “A Healer’s Touch.” Additionally, everyone in the unit will celebrate with Cinnabon® cinnamon rolls – a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness. The Barnes Family asks that whenever and wherever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment and think about how special they are.

About the DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of the autoimmune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system. During Pat’s eight-week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to Pat, but to everyone in his family. So, one of the goals they set in creating a foundation in Pat’s memory was to recognize extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the super-human work they do every day.

How to Nominate a Nurse for the DAISY Award

Patients, their families and fellow ANMC staff can nominate nurses for DAISY Awards. You can nominate a nurse by submitting this form. Nomination forms and collection boxes are also placed throughout the ANMC hospital if you would like to submit a paper nomination form.

Honorees will be selected quarterly and each DAISY Award honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in her or his unit or department. For questions about nominating an ANMC nurse, please email Kimberley Carr at krcarr@anthc.org.

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