Laura McConnell Receives Hot Springs DAISY Award

Laura McConnell, an oncology nurse on 2W in Hot Springs, received the November DAISY Award.

She was recognized after she organized her coworkers to help a patient’s daughter attend prom. The coworkers raised enough money to purchase a dress and have the girl’s hair and nails done for her special night.

“This young lady and her mom felt loved and beautiful because of this nurse’s kind and loving actions.”

Laura regularly comes to the gift shop to purchase items for her patients when they are upset, frustrated or receive a disappointing diagnosis. Recently, her patient was having a birthday, and she made sure she had a cake and balloons. She is very caring and compassionate.

The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at 33 of ITP, an auto-immune disease. The Barnes Family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created the national award to thank nurses everywhere.