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Two nurses honored with inaugural DAISY award

Two nurses honored with inaugural DAISY award

SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- Upstate University Hospital’s first DAISY Award winners are Community Campus Labor and Delivery Nurse Ashley Adams and Downtown Campus 5A Nurse Shannan Morrissey. The nurses were nominated by grateful patients and peers.

The DAISY Award is the new monthly recognition program initiated by the Nursing Department’s 3RPN Committee (recruitment, retention, recognition and professional nursing development). A sub-committee is responsible for scoring each nomination according to the DAISY Award foundation-based criteria, and up to three nurses can be honored each month--a nurse from each campus and one from an outpatient setting.

“It was an honor for me to present these first awards to such wonderful nurses,” said Nursing Retention Associate and the DAISY coordinator for Upstate Kim Babcock. “Both of these nominations illustrate how Ashley and Shannan deliver extraordinary care.”

Award recipients receive a certificate held in a portfolio, proclaiming the recipient an “Extraordinary Nurse”; a DAISY Award pin that can be worn on I.D. badges; a unique, hand-carved serpentine stone sculpture from Zimbabwe, entitled “A Healer’s Touch;” and a spotlight page on the Daisy Foundation website, featuring a photo and the story of why the nurse was honored.

DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) is an international nurse recognition program of the DAISY Foundation. The Foundation was formed 15 years ago by the family of J. Patrick Barnes of Texas who died at age 33 of complications of an immune disorder. To keep his memory alive, his family created the Foundation and the DAISY Award program to honor the exemplary care that nurses provide. More than 1,700 health care facilities in the United States and 11 other countries currently participate in this nursing recognition program.

DAISY Award recipients are nominated by their, peers, physicians, patients and families, and other staff and administrators. The program is open to nurses from Upstate’s Community and Downtown campuses and ambulatory programs.

Caption: Shannan Morrissey, R.N., 5A, Downtown Campus, left, and Ashley Adams, R.N., Family Birth Center, Community Campus, are the first recipients of DAISY awards.