OLYMPIA FIELDS, Illinois - Congratulations to Tamika Mauldin, Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department at Franciscan Health Olympia Fields, the latest Daisy Award winner at the south suburban Chicago hospital.
The south side of Chicago resident and nine year nurse was nominated by Steve Duke, a co-worker from the Urgent Care Center. Duke stated he wrote a nomination letter about Tamika because she is an exceptionally worthy candidate. "Tamika is the quintessential nurse. She is kind, compassionate and caring. Filled with vigor and enthusiasm, her clinical skills are outstanding; she remains calm, professional and competent in all situations."
As part of this recognition, Mauldin received a Daisy Award pin, the Healer's Touch Sculpture; which depicts the embracing relationship nurses have with their patients, a Daisy Award certificate and a box of Cinnabon cinnamon rolls to share with fellow nurses.
The DAISY foundation was established in 1999 by the family members of Patrick Barnes. After eight weeks of hospitalization Patrick died from complication of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).
The family wanted to find a way to turn their grief into something positive and do something that would honor the very special man Patrick was. They brainstormed what to do in his memory. Recalling the skillful and compassionate care Patrick received from his nurses during his eight-week hospitalization. They wanted to find a way to say thank you to nurses everywhere by establishing a recognition program. The nurse that receives this recognition is given Cinnabons, because it was Pat’s favorite and he shared them with his nurses during his own hospital stay. The acronym DAISY stands for Disease Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Award is For Extraordinary Nurses. Through this and other recognition programs, we honor the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day.