Today I was privileged to be a part of a very special presentation for two very special nurses. We presented the first Daisy Award and Daisy Leader Award at Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics. Both of these individuals were overwhelmed with this surprise. I hope that you take a minute to read or listen to the nominations for these two individuals. (The video link is below.) They exemplify the characteristics that we strive to have here at Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics. We often talk about putting the patient first, and doing that with compassionate care, and these two nurses are great examples of how we provide compassionate care to our patients.
The Daisy is a National Award that was started by a family who wanted to reward nurses who have made a special impact on someone's life. It has been around for about 20 years and, helps us focus on all the right things that are going on in healthcare, that often get overshadowed by the negative in the news. It also allows patients to be engaged in rewarding nurses for being that special person that helped them in a time of need.
This year one of our focus areas is reward and recognition for all staff. Along with the Daisy Award, there are many ways that staff can recognize someone or be recognized for the great job they do. We now have the New Star, the Boom, the S.T.A.R., Million Dreams and even new ISH bucks; if you have questions about any of these please just ask a leader and they will be happy to help.
Last Friday there was a special recognition newsletter published with all first quarter award nominees and winners. Please review and congratulate your coworkers or give yourself a pat on the back to celebrate these great accomplishments. We have an amazing team at Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics!
As we start a new week, let’s all begin by focusing on the great things that happen around us every day because even the smallest gestures can make the greatest impact. I want to close with a quote from Quint Studer: “Each person’s role is important. Please don’t ever underestimate the difference one person can make. That person may very well be you.”