Ann Walsh, Nurse at Regional Cancer Care Associates is 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 is Ann Walsh. The nomination read as follows “Ann has been my inspiration, cheerleader, caretaker, and nurse for the past 18 years. This was through 2 rounds of cancer. The first time in 2000. The periodic visits for “routine” checks until April 2015. For the second round of cancer each visit to the office, I am greeted like a long lost friend and never a patient. I am treated like a friend with care and gentle touch and a kick in the butt when needed. Through the years, she discovered my thyroid problem and arranged an appointment with an Endocrinologist with days of the “normal” weeks. Ann has gone to bat for me when I couldn’t afford my chemo. She found the Pharmacy assistance I needed when my insurance hit me with $1,800.00 copay. When I visit the office I am not concerned about the treatment I’m getting because it will be delivered with an angel and affection.”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 Regional Cancer Care Associates 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 Regional Cancer Care Associatesare called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”
Said Chief Nursing Officer Lani Alison, “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 http://DAISYfoundation.org.