OLYMPIA FIELDS, Illinois - The latest Franciscan Health Daisy Award recipient, Carlyn Newell, has been in nursing for more than 14 years, including the last nine years at Franciscan Health Olympia Fields in the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit.
Newell was nominated by Kim Tolliver, RN, another Franciscan Health nurse who Newell previously trained as an incoming graduate student.
"Carlyn has taught me how to be the type of nurse I aspire to be, but the type of person everyone would be proud to know," said Tolliver. "She cares for her patients with heart and knowledge."
Coincidently, at same time the Flossmoor resident was honored with the Daisy Award at Franciscan Health, Newell's mother, a nurse at another nearby hospital, was recognized with a nursing award at that institution. The fact that mother and daughter received nursing recognition awards at the same time is evidence that compassionate care and that desire to help others is a family characteristic.
At her award ceremony, Newell received The Healer's Touch sculpture, a DAISY Award certificate and a box of Cinnabon cinnamon rolls to share with coworkers, her mother, and other family members in attendance. Funding for the DAISY award presentation is provided by the Franciscan Health Foundation.
About The DAISY Award
The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is an internationally recognized honor that was established in 1999 via the DAISY Foundation by members of the family of Patrick Barnes. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. Patrick Barnes was a 33-year-old husband and father of an infant daughter who died eight weeks after being diagnosed with the autoimmune disease idiopathic thrombocytopenia. The award was established to honor what his family perceived to be extraordinary kindness and compassion by the nurses caring for him during his illness. Cinnabons are given because when Patrick was too ill to have an appetite, at one point he was able to eat a Cinnabon his father had brought, and Patrick requested that Cinnabons be brought in the next day for not just him, but for the nurses as a thank you for their care.