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WRNMMC April 2017 DAISY Award Nominees Announced

06/23/2017

By Kalila Fleming

WRNMMC Command Communications

A congratulatory applaud came from the nursing team in the Hematology and Oncology clinic as Navy Capt. Valerie Morrison, the director of nursing services at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) announced the April  DAISY Award selectees during a ceremony June 1.

Nurse Vashtie Sirfleaf, within the Hematology and Oncology clinic, earned the DAISY Award for April, was nominated  by one of her patients for the honor which recognizes extraordinary nursing care.
 “[Sirfleaf’s] skills are beyond exceptional, and she is committed and very compassionate. [She] has the hands of absolute magic,” the patient stated.
Sirleaf, from Monrovia, Liberia, said healing each patient is her primary goal of care that she strives to provide to all of her patients. She added, “It’s a joy to have a continuity of care with our nation’s warfighters,” and her co-workers and faith are her biggest motivation. She was among 82 nursing team members nominated for the April DAISY Award at WRNMMC.
The DAISY Award was created to honor and recognize nurses for their outstanding effort to provide extraordinary care to patients daily. The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33.
J. Patrick’s parents, Bonnie and Mark Barnes created this foundation in Pat’s memory to recognize extraordinary nurses who make an enormous difference in lives of so many people by “the super-human work” they do every day.
Pat’s father Mark stated, “Each nomination tells the story of extraordinary compassion and care. The DAISY Award provides role-modeling opportunities and a way to make health-care organizations’ missions and values tangible.
Today, the DAISY Award is presented in more than 2,600 health-care facilities in 15 countries. Over 60,000 nurses have been honored with the award, having been nominated by their patients, patients’ families, and colleagues.
Morrison noted that the DAISY Award honorees “personify the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s remarkable patient experience. These nursing team members consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care, and they will continue to be recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community,” she added.
For additional information about the DAISY Award at Walter Reed Bethesda, please contact Joan Loepker-Duncan at (301) 319-4617 or by email at joan.loepkerduncan.civ@mail.mil. Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians, and employees are welcome to nominate nurses.