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Extraordinary Nurses in Patient Flow

The DAISY Foundation
The DAISY Foundation

We’re excited to announce the kickoff of an exciting new partnership with The DAISY FoundationThe DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in Patient Flow.  The award recognizes the amazing work nurses do behind the scenes to ensure patients are receiving the right care, in the right place, and at the right time.

To nominate a nurse or team of nurses that often work behind the scenes to manage and improve patient flow, click here for more information.

Since 1999, The Daisy Foundation has been recognizing the important role that nurses play in delivering thoughtful, compassionate care to patients.  Founded by Bonnie and Mark Barnes, The DAISY Foundation was created to honor the memory of their son Patrick and the outstanding nurses who cared for him during his battle with the autoimmune disorder Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura [ITP].

“Pat’s nurses were deeply compassionate and sensitive—not only to him as their patient, but to all of us in his family as well.  When he died, we felt strongly that we needed find a way to say “thank you” to nurses for what they do naturally every day,” says Bonnie Barnes. “Since its inception, nearly 2,300 healthcare facilities have committed to honoring their nurses with The DAISY Award.  And more than 750,000 nurses have been nominated—by the patients, families, and colleagues who want to express their gratitude to nurses by telling stories of extraordinary care.”

What did not occur to the Barnes was that when Patrick was admitted was that there must have been a patient flow champion arranging for his bed in the BMT unit—before he arrived at the hospital by ambulance bleeding internally and in severe pain.  That nurse was invisible to the family and the process seemed seamless—they arrived at the hospital and Patrick was immediately taken to the room that was awaiting his arrival.

“Reflecting back, we have come to understand that nurses who specialize in patient flow often work behind the scenes, coordinating all aspects of care so that patients and their families can experience the same seamless process that we did.  We are deeply grateful to that nurse, whoever she or he may have been.  That nurse relieved one of the worries patients and families have – will we actually get the bed we need at the time we desperately need it?” continues Barnes.

“The DAISY Award makes it possible for people who have experienced extraordinary and compassionate nursing care to express their profound gratitude.  And for the nurses, this type of meaningful recognition creates a positive work environment that leads to increased job satisfaction and a renewed commitment to their organization,” adds Cindy Sweeney, Executive Director, The DAISY Foundation. “By introducing this new award to recognize nurses for patient flow, we’re highlighting the critical role it plays in providing quality care, as well as how their work combines clinical expertise with a depth of caring.”

Nominations are now being accepted and must be submitted by February 28, 2017.  The inaugural award will be presented at TeleTracking’s Client Conference at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, AZ, October 22-25, 2017.  (Please note this event is for TeleTracking customers only.)

To learn more about the award, including thoughts from previous DAISY Foundation winner Julie Atkins, listen to our Patient Flow Podcast.

To nominate a nurse or team of nurses that often work behind the scenes to manage and improve patient flow, click here for more information.

Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, Patient Flow