Island Hospital announced Registered Nurse Dawn Harrison, RN, is its first ever DAISY Award honoree. Harrison has worked at Island Hospital since 2017 in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit. Island Hospital established a DAISY Award program in late 2020 with Harrison being chosen the first awardee at the inaugural virtual ceremony on Thursday, January 14. Future ceremonies will be held every quarter at the hospital.

“We are extremely proud to bring the DAISY Award to Island Hospital and recognize the exceptional work that Island Hospital nurses do. Harrison has set a strong example for other nurses. She builds strong relationship with her patients and their families and demonstrates excellent clinical and critical thinking skills,” said Chief Nursing Officer Carol Northup, RN, BSN, MA, CENP.

Five other nurses were also nominated for the DAISY Award. They are Kimberly Brotemarkle, RN, CEN (Emergency Department), Michelle Gay, RN (Post-Anesthesia Care Unit), Falon Hudson, BSN, RN (Emergency Department), Debra Kettle, RN (Birth Center), and Eileen Sablan, BSN, RN (Birth Center).

The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of ITP, an auto-immune disease. The Barnes Family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created this international award to say thank you to nurses everywhere. For more information about the DAISY Award, visit

Patients, visitors or staff can nominate an Island Hospital nurse for the DAISY Award by completing a nomination form on the Island Hospital website at Island Hospital will recognize all nominated nurses and choose one DAISY Award winner each quarter.

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Published on January 28, 2021