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Two College of Nursing Alumni Receive Daisy Award

Two May 2011 graduates of the College of Nursing accelerated BSN degree program, Danielle Nowakowski and Elizabeth Roehner, have been recognized for nursing excellence by their peers and each received a DAISY Award this year. In February, Danielle was recognized for her compassion, caring, and genuine warmth. She is a nurse on 8E. Elizabeth, a surgical ICU nurse, was recognized in May for her remarkable compassion and professionalism.

DAISY Award recipients are nominated by a nursing peer and chosen through a blind vote by the Nurse Alliance Leadership Council at MUSC Health. The DAISY Award was created by a family who appreciated the skillful and compassionate care their son received from his nurses during an eight week hospitalization. The family wanted to say "thank you" to nurses everywhere by establishing a recognition program to honor the "super-human work nurses do for patients and families everyday." One nurse is recognized each month.

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The Foundation was formed in November, 1999, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). Patrick was a wonderful person.

As we brainstormed what to do in Pat's memory, the one really positive thing we could hold onto from the experience of his eight-week hospitalization was the skillful and amazingly compassionate care he received from his nurses - even when he was totally sedated. When Pat died, we felt compelled to express our profound gratitude to nurses for the work they do for patients and their families every day. This is the primary mission of The DAISY Foundation.