Extraordinary Nurses Recognized at CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital - Atlanta July 29, 2019

Atlanta, Texas – Nurses at CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital - Atlanta are being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses®. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day.

Recently introduced at CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital - Atlanta, The DAISY Award enables patients, patient family members, and colleagues to nominate registered nurses for their dedication to the nursing profession and the wellbeing of the patients they serve. Karel Wardlow, RN, CEN, SCRN, who works in the hospital’s Med/Surg Unit and the Emergency Department, was selected and honored as Atlanta’s first DAISY recipient.

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.

Nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, the award recipients are chosen by a committee at CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital - Atlanta. Awards are presented twice a year at celebrations attended by the honoree’s colleagues, patients, and visitors. Each honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as 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." Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful 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,” explained 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 CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital - Atlanta 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,” said Micah Johnson, MSN, BSN, RN, Administrator/Chief Nursing Officer, CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital - Atlanta. “Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to recognize their contributions to the welfare of our patients and their families.”

This is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation to express gratitude to the nursing profession. Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, The DAISY Faculty Award to honor inspiring faculty members in schools and colleges of nursing, and The DAISY in Training Award for nursing students. More information is available at http://DAISYfoundation.org.

To nominate a caregiver for the CHRISTUS St. Michael DAISY or Sunshine Award, go to www.christusstmichael.org/AtlantaDAISY.