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NICU nurse honored with March DAISY Award

The March DAISY (disease attacking the immune system) award winner is Allyson Ackerman, R.N., who works in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Ackerman was nominated by the Jeff Kunzl family via NICU nurse manager MaryLaura Smithwick.

Below is her nomination:

“I wanted to take a moment and praise one of your night shift NICU nurses, Allyson Ackerman. My wife and I have a four–month old baby girl in the NICU. These past four months have been extremely difficult for us. Our daughter’s condition has become difficult to manage and we are becoming increasingly worried she will not pull through. Allyson has gone out of her way to help make this a more bearable journey for us. She has come in multiple times on her time off to comfort us when our daughter’s condition worsened. It meant the world to know that we weren’t alone and someone cared as much as we do about our baby. Also impressive is the amount of time she would spend with us to ensure that we were okay before heading home for only a few hours of sleep before her night shift would start. Parents can be difficult to please in situations like ours.

Allyson has a brilliant way of listening to our concerns, regardless of how ridiculous they might be, and taking the time to make us feel like we have a voice and that our concerns are important. Her knowledge, compassion, and dedication should be an example to others and if there are any forms of acknowledgement she surely deserves the highest honor.”

Each month, MUSC nurses are honored for their excellence with the DAISY Award. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program recognizing nurses for their daily contributions in their jobs. To nominate a nurse, visit

March 27, 2014

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