MADISON − Madison Memorial Hospital is currently looking for the public to nominate their favorite nurse for a DAISY Award.
Kevin McEwan, Chief Nursing Officer at MMH, said that this will be the hospitals first ever DAISY Award that they plan to give out during this years Nurse Week.
Nurse Week begins May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nightingale is a famous nurse, born in 1820, was a “British nurse, statistician, and social reformer who was the foundational philosopher of modern nursing,” according to the Britannica encyclopedia website. This year would be her 199th birthday.
The DAISY Program is meant to recognize nurses all around the world for their hard work and dedication to helping all those they come into contact with.
According to the DAISY Foundation website, DAISY stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. It was founded in 1999 in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.
“In late 1999, our Patrick developed the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP),” the website read. “He spent eight weeks in the hospital with virtually no platelets, receiving every line of treatment then available to him and the best care possible. Tragically, he died at 33 years old, leaving a huge hole in our hearts and a strong desire to do something to help keep his wonderful spirit alive.”
Barnes family wanted to give back to the nursing community who had helped Barnes in his time of need and has done so in 22 countries around the world including Lebanon, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, China, Ireland, Italy and many others.
Those who win a DAISY award will receive a pin, certificate, and a “The Healer’s Touch” sculpture. These small sculptures are hand crafted in Zimbabwe by Shona artists and money provided by hospitals to pay for these sculptures helps the artists and their families.
To nominate a nurse, visit the Madison Memorial Hospital website at madisonmemorial.org to fill out a nomination form, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the big daisy.