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DAISY Award Winners 3Q2014

DAISY Award Winners for 3rd quarter 2014: (from left to right) Sonja White, MSN, RN-Prime Care, Sarah Mendez, LVN-Prime Care, and Ajai Johnson, LVN-Galveston Outpatient Clinic

By Beth Reimschissel
Saturday, July 19, 2014

With a very robust nomination pool for the 3rd quarter, the MAGNET Steering Committee voted and DAISY Award winners were chosen and recognized!  The winners are Sonja White, MSN, RN-Prime Care, Sarah Mendez, LVN-Prime Care, and Ajai Johnson, LVN-Galveston Outpatient Clinic.  The DAISY recipients all exemplify the characteristics of a DAISY nurse.  Personalized recognition celebrations, both in Prime Care and at the Galveston Outpatient Clinic, are being planned and all employees are encouraged to stop by and congratulate these nurses.  Congrats DAISY Winners!

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center wants you.. to nominate your favorite nurse for going above and beyond.

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is open to all nurses within the VA, and anyone can nominate them for the honor.

The DAISY Foundation was started in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 from an auto-immune disease.  During his two months in the hospital, his family was impressed by the care provided to Barnes and his entire family.  They created the program in his memory to recognize those nurses who make a big difference in the lives of so many people.

The award is given out by hospitals internationally.  At the Houston VA, nurses will be judged based on how they live out the ICARE acronym of integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect and excellence.

This is one initiative of the DAISY Foundation whose overall goal is to help fight immune system diseases.  The foundation also offers grants for nursing research and evidence-based practice projects.  For more information on the DAISY Foundation, log onto: *

To download a fillable nomination form, CLICK HERE.

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