LANSING, Mich. — McLaren Greater Lansing nurses Kristin Carlson and Trisha Knapp were both honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the exceptional care nurses provide every day.
The nomination submitted by a patient read: “From the moment their shifts started, we immediately felt cared for and important. Both these wonderful nurses checked up on us frequently and made sure we had everything we needed. Trisha has a great sense of humor that we related to very quickly. When her shift ended, she asked for our permission to stay in touch with Kristin for updates. This showed us that she goes above and beyond for her patients. Kristin was an absolute miracle worker here on earth. Her advice, experience, and empathy were greatly appreciated in our time of need. We honestly do not think we could've done it without her.”
Carlson and Knapp were both rewarded by hospital leadership and co-workers and received a certificate commending her for being an “Extraordinary Nurse,” as well as a sculpture called “A Healer's Touch,” hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.
About the DAISY Award
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation based in Glen Ellen, California was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of patients and their families.
“When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced firsthand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night,” said Bonnie Barnes, president and co-founder of the DAISY Foundation. “Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the superhuman work they do. The kind of work the nurses at McLaren Greater Lansing are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of the DAISY Award.”
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