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The Daisy Award

The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day. The DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of the auto-immune disease ITP in 1999. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family. When he died, they felt compelled to say “thank you” to nurses in a very public way. To learn more, visit DAISYFoundation.org Please say thank you by sharing your story of how a nurse made a difference you will never forget!

Spring 2021 DAISY Award Honoree: Stephanie Dillon, R.N.

“Stephanie is an unsung hero of Bonner General Health. She works so hard to keep the Department running. She fills in wherever needed. We were short-staffed one day, and Stephanie went from PACU to post-op. But, what stood out was when a particular patient was in so much pain and very anxious, Stephanie held the patient’s hand and reassured her she would be all right. The patient started to cry a little, and Stephanie hugged her until she felt assured.

I think Stephanie deserves this award because she is dedicated to her work and the hospital, no matter what kind of day she is having, always smiling and kind. Her compassion is so intense. I’m happy she is part of this wonderful team.

Stephanie is a DAISY deserving nurse.”

Fall 2020 DAISY Award Honoree: Marian Martin, R.N.

Over the last seven months, our world has been rocked by COVID-19.  But, we also have dealt with many other difficult situations.

This year, we have had four pediatric deaths, which were devastating to the staff and also the patient’s families.  I was present for three of these cases, and I was amazed by Marian and her ability to support staff, care for families, and keep the department going.

I learned so much about how to interact and care for a grieving family by watching Marian.  She was able to guide the family and support them during their most difficult life event –            The loss of their child.

After one of the recent child deaths, Marian instituted a memory box program.  The box includes a plaster imprint of the child’s hand, feet, (or both), a lock of their hair, a card from the staff, and a beautiful saying.  Marian purchased the boxes by securing a donation and got them ordered right away.

On 9/11, we had to use our fist box on a child who came to the ER and passed away.  The box was made and presented to the family.  They were grateful for the memory of their child and for the compassion it showed.  This is also very healing for the staff after this type of death.

Marian Martin is a DAISY, deserving nurse.

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