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news News Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Wednesday, May 27, 2020 3:57 PM - Wednesday, May 27, 2020 3:57 PM

Congratulations to our DAISY Award honoree, Maria Carmen Ardon, RN

Congratulations to our DAISY Award honoree, Maria Carmen Ardon, RN

Our nurses all do a fantastic job, but there is always one extraordinary nurse worthy of the DAISY Award. This year during Nurses Week, our staff celebrated a little differently due to physical distancing, but the love and appreciation could still be felt throughout the facility. Community partners stopped by almost every day during Nurses Week to provide smiles on wheels for our team. Wetzel Pretzel started the week off with fresh, hot pretzels and lemonade. Domino’s donated 50 boxes of pizza to our health care workers. Yakult donated probiotic drinks to help keep energy levels up and healthy, and Pie and Burger closed out the week with AMAZING burgers and pie, thanks to Operation Smile and their team at the University of Southern California. 

To close out Nurses Week, we celebrated by honoring all our nurses with a delicious lunch out on our third-floor terrace that allowed everyone to be together, but maintain the physical distance of 6 feet. On this day, one of our nurses walked away with a special award, the DAISY award.

What is the DAISY award? DAISY stands for Disease Attacking the Immune System.The DAISY Foundation was formed in January 2000 by the family of a patient named J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, an autoimmune disease. His widow, Tena, a co-founder of the DAISY Foundation, created the acronym. They wanted to say “thank you” to nurses everywhere by establishing a recognition program: the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses to honor the super-human work nurses do every day at the bedside. 

This year, our DAISY Award recipient is Maria Carmen Ardon, RN. Carmen has worked at Shriners for Children Medical Center for a little under three years as a nurse in our primary care clinic. When she began working at the center, Carmen signed up to help for three years. She loved working with the team and the interaction she had with our patient population, so she decided to apply for the position full time. Carmen is a caring, compassionate nurse who gets along with everyone, and she demonstrates an excellent work ethic.

I’d like to wish all our nurses a happy Nurses Week. A heartfelt THANK YOU to our entire nursing staff at Shriners for Children Medical Center. I have the pleasure and honor to celebrate and recognize you, our nurses, for all the incredible work you do EVERY DAY. I am very fortunate to have chosen nursing as a career. I would like to thank each of you for your passion for nursing and compassion you show our patients and families every day.   

Janet Amirkhanian, RN, MSN, PHN
Director, Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive