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Philippine Nurse Receives First DAISY Award in Neuroscience
by Pam Chwedyk Minority Nurse Writer
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and The Foundation for the Elimination of Diseases Attacking the Immune System (DAISY) recently honored Cedars-Sinai’s neuroscience nursing staff with the inauguration of the hospital’s DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses program. The awards recognize the outstanding and often overlooked efforts of nurses who work with critically ill patients.
The DAISY Award is the country’s first national program conducted by patients and their families to honor excellence in nursing through monthly awards at participating hospitals. The program highlights the irreplaceable role nurses play in treating patients and providing emotional support to their families. The first Cedars-Sinai awards were presented to two nurses: Larie Padre, RN, is Cedars-Sinai’s first DAISY Award Neuroscience Nurse of the Month. Evelyn Ledin, RN, also received an award in appreciation of the care she gave to George Doll, a former neuroscience patient.
Cedars-Sinai is the third hospital in the nation to join the DAISY Award program. Every month, a nurse in the hospital’s Neuroscience Unit will be selected from a pool of nurses who have been nominated by patients and staff.
“We at Cedars-Sinai are proud to be among the first hospitals in the nation participating in the DAISY Award program,” says Linda Burnes Bolton, PhD, the African-American vice president and chief nursing officer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. “Nurses are heroes everyday. Given the current national nursing shortage, the DAISY Award could not be launched at a better time. The DAISY Award and other nursing recognition program awards are an appropriate way to recognize nurses for providing the very best care to their patients.”
The DAISY Foundation also recently announced that it is launching a new initiative to encourage patients and their families who have had extraordinary experience with a nurse to apply to The DAISY Foundation to co-sponsor The DAISY Award for their hospital. Applications can be made via the foundation’s Web site at http://www.daisyfoundation.org/.