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What is The DAISY Award?

The DAISY Award recognitions honor the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day wherever they practice, in whatever role they serve, and throughout their careers – from Nursing Student through Lifetime Achievement in Nursing.

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33, from complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). During his eight-week hospital stay, his family was impressed by the care and compassion his nurses provided, not only to him but to everyone in the family. They created the DAISY Award in Pat’s memory to recognize those nurses who make a big difference in the lives of so many people. Our DAISY Award honorees demonstrate the VA’s I CARE principles. They also demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and compassionate care. They are recognized as role models in our nursing community. The Vermont Veterans' Home is proud to be a DAISY Award partner and will recognize one of our nurses with this special honor every year.

Tina Cole, LNA receives VVH 2024 DAISY Award
2024 VVH Daisy Award Winner - Tina Cole
'Tina runs the Namaste program three days a week. She is passionate and compassionate in her care for the Veterans and members she cares for.  She honors the human beings who come to Namaste and meets them where they are.  Her love and selflessness allow her to care deeply for others.  Tina works closely with Cardinal staff and other disciplines as a team.  Tina works tirelessly to bring peace and joy for our Veterans and members with dementia.  Tina provides an incredible service for these folks. It is an honor to work with Tina.'
Kayla Perkins 2023 VVH Daisy Award Winner
2023 VVH Daisy Award Winner - Kayla Perkins
'Kayla always shows deep concern and respect for all the veterans on American. She feels the residents pain and she listens to them. She's always a team player who helps out and works with everyone. She's always there to lend a hand to whomever needs help. She loves her residents. She is a kind spirited person who always goes above and beyond for all of her residents.'

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