Dana Cockrell Receives 2013 DAISY Award

Dana Cockrell Receives 2013 DAISY Award

Dana Cockrell, RN at Monroe County Hospital & Clinics is being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.  The Award at Monroe County Hospital & Clinics is in cooperation with the Mercy Network.  This is the second year for the award.

Dana Cockrell, RN in Inpatient Services was nominated for the award by her peers and chosen by the MCHC Leadership Team.  Lisa Drew, Chief Nursing Officer said, “Dana was nominated by associates in three different departments.  To me, that says a lot about the scope of her compassionate caring that impacts the lives of our patients here at MCHC.”  Rhonda Tisue, Teammate and Nominator added, “Dana is one of the most caring, compassionate, respectful teammates I have ever worked with. She is a mentor to all of her fellow nurses. I am in awe of the measures that Dana goes to for her patients, her teammates and her co-workers. She is the type of nurse I would love to work with every day.”

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.  The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.  This is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation whose overall goal is to help fight diseases of the immune system.  Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects and provides assistance to ITP support groups.  More information is available on their website www.DAISYfoundation.org.

At a presentation in June in conjunction with the Mercy Network, Cockrell will receive a certificate commending her for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.”  The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.”  The honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.  Cockrell was honored at MCHC on Monday, May 13th, along with fellow DAISY nominees including Jennifer Archer, Melanie Kipfer, Jane Koffman, Tonya Logsdon, Matthew Martinez, Verna Templeton, Rhonda Tisue, and Brenda Walters.


Dana Cockrell pictured with her family