The DAISY Award is an international program to honor and celebrate nurses who provide extraordinary, compassionate and skillful care every day. The DAISY Foundation established the award in memory of Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 from complications of an auto-immune disease. The care he and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired the award.
Logan McDanel, RN, earning the DAISY Award for the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care he provides in the surgical intensive care unit (SICU).
A patient’s child nominated McDanel by writing: “Logan is an exceptional nurse and Mercy co-worker. My dad was hospitalized with pancreatitis, and when things took a turn for the worse, Logan took unsurpassable care of dad and my family. As he got to know dad and our family, he did an excellent job explaining it to all of us; he really went above and beyond when he wrote out a flow chart with illustrations explaining the anatomy and physiology for my brother, who is an engineer, in a way that an engineer thinks and works. All in all, Logan has been a light in this dark time for my family with his sense of humor, diligence, therapeutic communication, and his knowledge of our dad’s condition. As a nursing student, I look up to Logan and strive to be as good a nurse as he is once I am out in my career field. We look forward to seeing him and feel relieved when we know he is working. We could not ask for a better nurse! Logan will always hold a special place in our hearts!”
Candace LaPlant, RN, earned the DAISY Award for the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care she provides on the 7th floor (medical unit) of Mercy Hospital South.
LaPlant’s co-worker, Shannon Capriglione, nominated LaPlant by writing: “Recently, we had a patient on our floor who was COVID positive and nearing the end of her life. The patient had two sons who were very involved in her care. During the week, one of her sons had trouble processing the decline of his mother and was, as you can imagine, visibly upset at times. We knew she was close to passing one day and even more so into the night. The nurse caring for the patient, Candace, notified the son, and he wanted to come say his final goodbyes to his mother. They were worried since he did have a 45-minute drive that he would not make it on time, but thankfully, he was able to make it here to spend those last few precious moments with his mother. He expressed to Candace that he did not want to be there when she took her final breath but also did not want her to be alone. Candace took this upon herself and spent the next 20 minutes in the room holding the patient’s hand until she passed. Candace was able to honor the son’s wish and provided comfort to her patient at the end of her life. One nurse overheard Candace on the phone with the patient’s son and described her being ‘so compassionate and caring.’ The team also pulled together to send this family a sympathy card with the patient’s fingerprint.”
Gwynne Roderick, RN, 7th floor medical unit, earned the DAISY Award for extraordinary, compassionate nursing care.
A co-worker nominated Roderick by writing: “Gwynne is super sweet and kind. As a float nurse, I never feel like I have a ‘home,’ but she makes me feel comfortable and welcome to the floor every time. She’s a wonderful charge nurse, and I’m never afraid to ask for help or ask questions. She is the embodiment of what Mercy stands for as she is compassionate and kind. I’m very thankful for her. I just wanted to say, ‘Thank you!’ You are an extraordinary nurse and person.”
Chad Davis, RN, Medical Stepdown, earned the DAISY Award for extraordinary, compassionate nursing care.
A patient’s wife nominated Davis by writing: “Chad was so tender and caring for me when my husband was taken to Mercy due to COVID. His children are on the east coast, and when I had to notify them that their father’s prognosis was dire, Chad delivered the information with dignity and respect. Chad helped us call him using his own number to tell him how we loved him and each of us was able to sing one of his favorite songs. Chad helped us achieve a bit of closure. Not being able to be with him was unbearable for us all. We all want to express our gratitude to Chad for his understanding in this moment of our grief. He helped us so much. We love and respect Chad for delivering such caring nursing skills for my husband and those of us that loved him so much.”