The Ministry of Health and Northwell Health have partnered to honor local four public health nurses who exhibit outstanding compassion, courage, and integrity in the performance of their jobs each year.
The effort is meant to inspire nurses who have for far too long been neglected, according to Chief Medical Officer Dr. Narine Singh, who spoke at the programme’s debut on Monday at the Cara Lodge Hotel.
“Nurses are an integral part of the health team and often their efforts are overlooked, paying the way for Doctors and other medical practitioners to be recognized more,” he noted.
Since there is a chronic scarcity of nurses in the country and many of them work long hours just to keep the facilities open, Dr. Singh continued, the effort is a timely motivator.
A nurse will be given the DAISY award every three months, according to Northwell Health’s Programme Coordinator, Aliyah Hassan. She explained that the qualifying nurses who will be nominated by patients and the data committee will assess the number of nominations received. The nurse who receives the most nominations will receive a healer’s touch sculpture, an honorary pin, and a DAISY Award certificate.
The Patrick Barnes family established the DAISY Foundation and Award. Patrick was admitted to the hospital in 1999, when he received a diagnosis of an autoimmune condition. After Patrick passed away, the idea to start the DAISY Foundation was inspired by the care that he and his family received at the hospital. Diseases Attacking the Immune System, or DAISY, honors the care that nurses offer in addition to their education, training, and expertise.