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The Daisy AwardThe DAISY Award is a nationwide program that rewards excellence in nursing. It was created by The DAISY Foundation to recognize the clinical skills, extraordinary compassion and care exhibited by nurses everyday. The award is given monthly to an outstanding nurse in more than 237 hospitals across the United States. UnitedHealthcare is the co-sponsor of The DAISY Award at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

The DAISY Award recipient will be recognized at a public ceremony and will receive: a framed certificate, a DAISY Award signature lapel pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch. Additionally, the unit or department of the recipient will receive Cinnabon’s cinnamon rolls – a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness – with the sentiment that the heavenly aroma will remind them how special they are and how important their work is.

Daisy Award Winner: Angelique Sanabia

December 2015

“Angie was nice to me the second I got here. She'd hustle her way down to me whenever I called, even for the silly things. She really made me feel comfortable the first few days here. I was really scared but Angie would always know what to say. I'm really grateful to have had her as my nurse.”

Daisy Award Winner: Ivette Nieves Roldan

November 2015

“Ivette truly defines all of the following criteria: kind, friendly, caring, good listener, understanding, sympathetic and energetic. Over the last two years I have had the pleasure working alongside this exceptional facilitator and leader. I have seen her lead by example, I have witnessed first-hand all of her hard work, exceptional work ethic and most of all the dedication she pours into her colleagues, her council, her unit, her staff, their patients and families.
She shows compassion on a daily basis, she has an open door policy, she listens and advises with genuine compassion and care for other human beings. She doesn’t treat you like an employee number, but a fellow professional nurse. She always is in the moment when you need her. I never come to 3 E and not feel welcomed or greeted by her and her staff with a huge smile, genuine gratitude for me floating there and conscious consideration of my day. Her unit is one of the most organized and structured running units throughout the entire hospital. She makes us all cross our T's and dot our I’s in order to deliver excellence in care.
She does her daily rounds and truly listens to the concerns of the patients and families on her unit. She makes a difference in the care provided through the support and resources she provides for her staff. Throughout Nurse's Week she never left our side. She carried boxes, she made snacks, and she did it all without complaining or leaving us to do all the hard work. She has constantly been an exceptional facilitator throughout the course of our council contract and has allowed just the right amount of autonomy and support in order to execute initiatives that will forever be remembered.
I am very grateful for the type of leader that Ivette is, for the goals she aims for us all to achieve, and for the support that she gives on many levels to achieve them. Her professionalism and Transformational Leadership qualities have allowed our council to grow professionally and attain its set goals. Her vision has taken us where we needed to be, just as I have learned through Magnet that a TL does. Thank you Ivette for displaying what great quality leadership looks like and for always leading by example. You are an amazing nurse who helps lead others on their journey of excellence.” 

Daisy Award Winner: Natalie Blanco

October 2015

“Natalie was our first attending nurse and she truly helped us in a great way to settle into our new environment due to the unfortunate circumstances. She was so nice and sweet. She made sure we had everything we needed and made us feel comfortable. She followed all hospital standards and protocols. What stood out the most was that after a well-deserved 4 day weekend off, she saw us and asked how everything was going and helped us with anything we needed even though she wasn't our nurse. Thank you for all your hard work.”

Daisy Award Winner: Heather Katcher

September 2015

“My daughter has been a patient at Miami Children's Hospital several times. My daughter has a unique medical issue that has taken us to several different hospitals and I have encountered many different types of nurses along the way. There is one nurse that stands out high above any other, Nurse Heather Katcher. Nurse Heather is always willing to help, whether she is assigned to my daughter or not. She knows ways to help save IV's and she is an NG tube expert! Nurse Heather is very talented at what she does and more than willing to go out of her way to help others. Nurse Heather is also by far one of the nicest, most caring nurses I have ever met. She cares, she listens, she explains, she fixes, she helps both the patient and their family. Nurse Heather is always smiling, she is very friendly, and she is always willing to help. When you have a medically fragile child, having a nurse like Heather makes the world of difference. She has truly made a difference in the life and well-being of my daughter.” 

Daisy Award Winner: Marelis Rodriguez

August 2015

“Over the last 2 years or so, I had the good pleasure of working with Marelis Rodriguez who, as you know, as an RN III sedation nurse. During that time I have been consistently impressed with Marelis' focused attention to detail when caring for her patients who are undergoing sedation. I have come to trust her judgment and skill when it comes to her taking care of patients who are in need of focused medical attention while under the effects of their sedation. I am always confident that my patients will do well under her watchful eye and care. Beyond that, Marelis has excellent interpersonal skills. On many different occasions, I have witnessed how she has taken on the task of trying to calm and support a frustrated family, especially on those times when there is a cancellation or unexpected delay. She always finds a way to remain professional, courteous and empathetic to the families. Her strong interpersonal skills also extend to her interactions with some of the physicians here on staff, even those who have stronger personalities. She is consistently able to remain calm, courteous and attentive while still advocating for the patient and their family. Additionally, Marelis has a remarkable emotional resilience to remain level-headed even in the midst of equipment malfunctions, scheduling delays or other significant setbacks that can occur in any high stress environment. Most recently, while trying to troubleshoot a malfunctioning piece of critical equipment, she had the foresight to anticipate the delay for the next patient, and creatively come up with ways to mitigate that delay to avoid patient/family dissatisfaction. Thanks to her, the equipment malfunction was solved, and the next patient's family was able to have the study done in a more timely way. This is just one more example of how she is able to remain both focused on her patient, while consistently anticipating and addressing future problems or issues. In short, with her professionalism and work ethic she is a role model for others on her team and for others in the hospital. Lastly, it is for all of the reasons above that I humbly submit to you that Marelis has all the qualities of a natural leader. She has the fortitude and wisdom of having been on the "front lines" of patient care. She is also able to identify system inefficiencies, but still work her hardest to compensate for those inefficiencies, as best that she is able - and without seeking attention to herself - for the good of her patients, their families and her team. NCH needs more leaders like her, and I therefore encourage you and others to very seriously consider her for leadership mentoring and promotion so that she can have a bigger influence in our hospital, and on the care we provide our patients.” 

Daisy Award Winner: Angela Fernandez

July 2015

“When I had back pain Angela listened to me and gave me medication immediately and it made me feel way better.”  
“Angela is always coming in the room to check on my baby boy. She takes care of him always with a smile on her face and an amazing attitude as well. She is one amazing nurse my baby loves her he is always smiling with her.”

Daisy Award Winner: Stephanie Sandoval

June 2015

 “We had many great nurses during our son’s stay at MCH but Stephanie stands out among them. Stephanie was awesome in every way, the kind of person who is well-suited to doing this incredible difficult job. In addition to all the characteristics above one experience with Stephanie really set her apart. Our son was having difficulty keeping down his formula, when Stephanie’s shifts started I mentioned that our son’s arms and head were moving in an uncharacteristic jerky motion. Although other nurses had seen it and I had inquired, Stephanie was the first person to recognize that these symptoms could be signs of withdrawal from the sedation meds. She got out a Sophia scale chart and after reviewing the other criteria she felt this was the case. She mentioned to the doctor who put my son back on some sedation med and then weaned him off it, before it had simply been stopped. Our son’s withdrawal symptoms stopped and he was fine in a very short time. As I mentioned other nurses had been told of these symptoms, but Stephanie was the first to make the correct conclusion.”

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