Nominated by a grateful patient, Emily E. Dill, ANP-BC, Duke Cancer Center Raleigh, was recently the recipient of the DAISY Award For Extraordinairy Nurses. The DAISY Foundation was formed in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who after surviving Hodgkin disease twice, died at age 33 of complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). Moved by the exceptional care Patrick received while a patient, the family established the DAISY Foundation and established the DAISY Award. The organization provides a means in which patients and loved ones can recognize and thank nurses by nominating them for DAISY awards. Through this and other recogntion programs, the foundation honors the "super-human work" nurses do for patients and families every day.
Ramona Basnight, RN, MSN, nurse manager for Duke Women's Cancer Care Raleigh and Duke Cancer Center Cary, recently received the NCNA Administrative Nurse of the Year award. She was nominated by her nursing staff for her outstanding leadership and positive impact on the work culture. The award, given annually by the North Carolina Nurses Association, recognizes nurses who exemplify the idea of Nursing Forward in a variety of workplace environments, including Administration, Education, Health Systems, Practice, and Research.