PICU Nurse wins the April DAISY Award

Published: April 24, 2014

Beth Shaw, RN, of Sparrow's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit was awarded April's DAISY Award for going above and beyond to provide compassionate care to a grieving family.

After the death of a young Patient, Beth and her fellow Caregivers provided the child's family a room in the PICU to mourn with family and friends in private. As immigrants and devout Muslims, the family was appreciative of this privacy and the extraordinarily compassionate care.

"She knew what they deserved as human beings in pain and in need," read her nomination form. "It was, simply put, the best thing that our hospital could provide in unique and tragic circumstances."

Beth was recognized with the DAISY Award for going the extra mile to comfort family, and was surprised with the award at work today.

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, and the DAISY Award is a national program created in memory of J. Patrick Barnes died in 1999 of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura, or ITP at 33 years old. His family was overwhelmed by the skillful and amazingly compassionate Nurses that cared for Pat, and the DAISY Foundation and Award were created as an expression of their gratitude.

The DAISY Award is a way to recognize and make visible the contribution and value of Nurses wherever nursing is practiced.

Beth received a certificate, a DAISY pin to wear at work and beautiful serpentine stone sculpture carved by the artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. The sculpture depicts the embracing relationship Nurses have with their Patients.