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Katie Oliver, RN, honored with 2019 DAISY Award

Katie Oliver, RN, honored with 2019 DAISY Award

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield is pleased to recognize Katie Oliver, RN, as the recipient of the 2019 DAISY Award for providing extraordinary nursing care.

The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award was established by The DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. The Barnes family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, and created this international award to say thank you to nurses everywhere.

Katie has worked as a registered nurse at the Springfield Shriners Hospital, providing care to inpatients for just over a year. She received multiple nominations for this award from patient families and staff members who hold her in high regard.

“Katie exemplifies the true meaning of what it is to be a bedside nurse. She is not only personable, but a highly skilled, compassionate team player who consistently promotes the highest standards for patient safety. She is an asset to the Springfield Shriners Hospital nursing team and truly deserving of the DAISY Award,” said Lynn Carbone, the hospital’s nurse manager and interim director of patient care services/nurse executive.

Upon receiving the award, Katie said, “It is such an honor to be nominated and chosen for the 2019 DAISY Award. I am so lucky to be able to care for wonderful patients and families while being surrounded by such caring, compassionate co-workers.”

What makes this honor extra special is that Katie’s Shriners Hospital story began about 13 years ago, when she was a former patient who came to the Springfield hospital for intense physical therapy following multiple surgeries. She credits the rehabilitation team for giving her the ability to regain her strength and walk again.

“As a patient who was in and out of multiple hospitals, nowhere gave my family and me the same nurturing care that Shriners Hospital did. I was determined to become a pediatric nurse and someday return to the place that helped give me my life back. I knew I wanted to provide the same compassionate, patient-centered and family-focused care that Shriners Hospital provided to me. My experiences were life-changing, but I believe it led me to exactly where I’m supposed to be.”