Nurses at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa and Mercy Clinics are being honored with The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.
The first award recipient of Mercy – North Iowa, Gretchen Crooks, R.N., was named during National Nurses Week, May 7. Crooks, who died March 24, was honored based on her dedication and compassion to her patients, her colleagues and the organization. "She was a nurse’s nurse," said Kim Chamberiln, Vice President of Patient Services/Chief Nursing Officer, Mercy – North Iowa. Crooks’ husband was presented the award on her behalf.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. 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. 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.
Each month, a Mercy – North Iowa or Mercy Clinic nurse will be selected by Mercy – North Iowa’s Patient Care Experience Committee, which is made up of nurses, to receive The DAISY Award.
Nurses who work in direct patient care can be nominated for the award by a patient, his/her family or a Mercy associate.
At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, the honoree receives a certificate commending her or him for being 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." The honoree also will be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.
"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 work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Mercy – North Iowa are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award," said Bonnie Barnes, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation,
"We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes everyday. Given the current national nursing shortage, The DAISY Award could not be launched at a better time. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that," Chamberlin said.