Emanuel Medical Center Surgical Floor Nurse Receives DAISY Award

May 26, 2022

Turlock, Calif. – Emanuel Medical Center was proud to represent one of its surgical floor nurses with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Stefani Burns, RN, was nominated by a patient she cared for. The nomination reads, in part: “She’s an extremely caring person. Always made sure I was comfortable and I understood everything. I’m glad she was there with me through my recovery.”

The DAISY Award is a special program that recognizes the incredible work that nurses display on a daily basis, and recognizes those who go above and beyond for their patients and families.

“We witness our nurses providing extraordinary care for our patients every day, and this allows them to be recognized formally by their patients and loved ones,” said Kathy Van Meter, Chief Nursing Officer at Emanuel Medical Center. “We have countless nurses at Emanuel who deserve recognition for their work, and this program puts the spotlight on the excellent care they provide.”

Emanuel Medical Center encourages anyone who wants to thank a nurse for the care they received to nominate them for a DAISY Award. Nomination forms are available online.

An acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem, The DAISY 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). The nursing care Patrick received when hospitalized profoundly touched his family.

After Patrick died, the family created The DAISY Foundation and The DAISY Award: “We wanted to give patients, families, and co-workers an easy way to express their gratitude for nurses who provide extraordinary compassionate care. And we wanted the program to honor nurses all year long.”

There are currently more than 5,000 healthcare facilities and nursing schools in all 50 states and 31 other countries and territories that honor nurses with The DAISY Award. Nurses can be nominated by anyone in their organization – patients, family members, other nurses, physicians, clinicians and staff – anyone who experiences or observes extraordinary compassionate care being provided by a nurse.

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