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Nurses Honored by IHI and DAISY Foundation


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By Michelle Clarke

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the Daisy Foundation have announced the winners of the 2019 IHI DAISY Awards for Extraordinary Nurses. The award, a derivative of The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, places special emphasis on patient and workforce safety.

Now in its fourth year, The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is given to nurses who display extraordinary and compassionate care throughout the year. More than 3,600 healthcare facilities throughout the U.S. as well as 21 other countries. Nurses who received the DAISY award from their organizations between January 2017 and June 2018 were eligible for this 2019 IHI DAISY Awards.

“We saw an incredibly diverse pool of nominees with strong dedication to their patients and to providing safe health care,” said Patricia McGaffigan, RN, MS, CPPS, Vice President, Safety Programs, IHI. “These honorees demonstrate nursing skill and expertise matched by compassionate care, collegiality with peers, and a commitment to advancing their profession.”

Jobic Ray Butao, BSN, RN, CCRN, of West Kendall Baptist Hospital in Miami, the recipient of the individual award, was chosen after his work with hospital executives to initiate nurse sensitive indicator outcome-specific leadership rounds in the ICU and led efforts to reduce central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). Over an 11-month period there were no cases of CLABSI and just one case of CAUTI in the ICU. Due to the success of his efforts, these practice are being implemented throughout the hospital. 

The wound ostomy nurses at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (UIHC) will receive the team award for their technical skill and knowledge as well as their leadership in promoting interprofessional teamwork and their compassionate care of patients. This eight-member team cares for patients with all manner of wounds – from pressure ulcers to ostomy wounds. Thanks to their efforts, their hospital is below national benchmarks for pressure ulcers for both adult and pediatric patients. They also created an interprofessional committee to address hospital-acquired pressure injuries.

“We are so proud of our wound ostomy nursing team,” said Cindy Dawson, MSN, RN, CORLN, Chief Nurse Executive, UIHC. “They demonstrate excellent clinical care every day through their interprofessional teamwork, use of evidence-based care, and outstanding quality improvement work. This award truly highlights the incredible work they do every single day for patients, family, and staff.”

The Emergency Medicine Trauma Team at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C., will receive an honorable mention for their work in improving patient and workforce safety by meeting the mental health needs of pediatric patients in the emergency department. As a result, Children’s has seen a 53% decrease in reported aggressive or violent events toward staff along with zero need to use restraints.

The awards will be presented during the IHI Patient Safety Congress, May 15–17, 2019, in Houston, Texas.