Olivia Diaz, a nurse on 1 East at Hot Springs, received the Daisy Award. A patient nominated Olivia for her kindness and attentiveness writing,
“She always knocked before entering my room and did so smiling and addressing me by name. She was very professional. Her attentiveness and willingness to just sit and listen when I needed to vent, made all the difference. You don’t know how much I appreciated her kindness and compassion. She never made me feel she was too busy or too important to do things like changing my sheets or emptying my trash, or anything else I asked of her. In other words, she never ‘passed the buck!’ ”
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 this national award to say thank you to nurses everywhere.