Presented by CNO Kay Swisher, RN, MSN, The DAISY Award is a nation-wide program recognizing the extraordinary compassion and care exhibited by nurses every day. During the presentation ceremony, surrounded by nursing leadership, Swisher presented Anthony Lawson with a framed certificate, a DAISY Award lapel pin, and a hand carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch, representing care between a nurse and patient.
“Anthony was nominated by his peers because of his commitment to patients, putting those first and foremost at all times,” Swisher said in her presentation.” He is always willing to go the extra mile to help out in any department or event if needed.”
In addition, she added, Lawson also volunteers at Good Shepherd Free Medical Clinic after work on a regular basis.
One co-worker stated in the nomination she had the privilege of not only working with him in quality resources but having his friendship throughout the years.
“He has been a tremendous help to me in my role as a nurse analyst in our department”, Mary Lloyd, RN, stated. “Anthony is a wonderful example of what nursing is and exemplifies all of the criteria for The DAISY Award.”
Criteria for award nomination include continued commitment to quality care, excellence and professionalism; outstanding customer service, clinical expertise, patient advocacy and education, and acting as a nursing role model, mentor and team member.
The DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 by the Barnes Family in memory of Patrick J. Barnes, who dies from complications at the age of 33. Having been touched by the remarkable care, clinical skills and compassion demonstrated by nurses during Patrick’s illness, the Barnes family made it their mission to recognize exceptional nurses around the country.
Photo: (L to R) Sandra Pevahouse, manager of Quality Resources; Anthony Lawson, RN, award recipient, CNO Kay Swisher, Katie Venable Lawson, RN, Anthony’s wife, and daughter Emma.