Awards and AccreditationRenown Regional Medical Center Nurse Receives National Award
DAISY Award recognizes nurses who provide exceptional care
Reno, Nev. – (January 9, 2007) – Linda McKnight, a registered nurse in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Renown Regional Medical Center was named the recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The national award, given by the DAISY Foundation, recognizes nurses who provide exceptional care to patients and their families.
McKnight was nominated by a patient’s mother who cited McKnight’s great care and compassion. Additionally, the nomination commended McKnight for her commitment to thoroughly explaining everything to the patient’s parents, for the sympathy she showed them and for checking on them even when their son wasn’t a patient of McKnight’s. The nomination says, “She is a great nurse and should be recognized for all that she has done. She truly does super human work!!”
McKnight graduated from the University of Hawaii with an associate’s degree in nursing in 1981 and earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2000. Her nursing career includes time as a long-term care nurse, as well in the adult intensive care unit. She finds her work in the NICU rewarding because she enjoys working with the families of the patients.
About the DAISY Foundation
DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Foundation is a national organization devoted to helping fight diseases of the immune system. The Foundation was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died in 1999 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a little-known autoimmune disease.
J. Mark Barnes, president of the DAISY Foundation, said, “When my son Patrick was critically ill, my family and I experienced the remarkable skill and care nurses provide to acutely ill patients every day and night. We created the DAISY Award to show nurses how special they are to patients and their families.”
The organization helps fund research to improve treatment for and ultimately cure ITP. Additional information about the DAISY Foundation can be found at www.daisyfoundation.org.
About DAISY and Renown Health
Tracy and Jere England of Truckee, California, were instrumental in bringing the DAISY Award to Renown Health, one of just 40 hospitals nationwide in which nurses currently are recognized with the award.
Several years ago, the England’s premature twin sons were hospitalized in Renown Regional’s NICU. One son, Geoffrey, later died from medical complications. However, the Englands were so impressed by the quality of care given by the NICU nurses, they worked with the DAISY Foundation to present the award to nurses in that unit. Through the England family’s generous sponsorship, the nomination process is now open for nurses throughout Renown Health’s four-hospital system, where the DAISY Award is presented monthly.
Lori Denczek, nurse retention specialist, said, “It means so much to us that the England family has worked to recognize Renown’s nurses in this very special way. Our nurses play a critical role in the delivery of healthcare, and it is important that they know what a significant difference they make. The DAISY Award is a terrific way to communicate this message.”
Each nurse presented with the DAISY Award receives a framed certificate, a handcrafted sculpture, a lapel pin, Cinnabon cinnamon buns (a favorite of Patrick Barnes), and a bunch of daisies.
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