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Published on September 21, 2018

Gundersen Boscobel partners with DAISY Foundation to honor extraordinary nurses

Daisy Award

The DAISY Award is an ongoing recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful and compassionate care nurses provide every day and is active in over 3,000 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing around the world. Patients and families now have the opportunity to nominate Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics nurses for the outstanding care they provide every day through The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses®.

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. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission.

The award recipient is chosen by a selection committee at Gundersen Boscobel to receive The DAISY Award. The award will be presented annually at a celebration attended by the honoree's colleagues, patients and visitors. The honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an "Extraordinary Nurse." The honoree also receives a DAISY Award pin and a sculpture called A Healer's Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

"When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night," says Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation. "Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human, extraordinary, compassionate work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award."

"We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program," says Wendi Stitzer, director, Gundersen Boscobel Acute Care Nursing. "Nurses are heroes every day. It's important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides us yet another way to do that."

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