Local VA Nurse Receives DAISY AWARD for Extraordinary Nurses - Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
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Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System


Local VA Nurse Receives DAISY AWARD for Extraordinary Nurses

November 1, 2016

The Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System (EOVAHCS) is proud to announce that Tamara Ray, an RN in the Medical/Surgical East Ward at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center, has been selected for The DAISY AWARD for Extraordinary Nurses.

Each quarter, EOVAHCS’s Nursing Recruitment and Retention Council selects a nurse to receive The DAISY Award among all nominees, and presents the recipient with a certificate in front of colleagues, patients and visitors. 

A Veteran who received care at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center nominated Ray for the award and wrote the following nomination letter:

“Tamara is dedicated to her profession. She treats veterans with respect and becomes invested with them. If you need something, she is there for you. She makes you feel so special and she really cares for you. She is a true Veteran’s nurse. She makes you feel at home. She ensures you get the best care. As a Vietnam veteran, she gave me the welcome home I never received. She is a true reflection of all the staff on 4 East, Medical/Surgical Ward, a group of dedicated people that everyday make Veterans feel they are special and respected for the sacrifices they made for this country.”

The non-profit DAISY Foundation, based in Glen Ellen, Calif., started the recognition program in 1999 to recognize the remarkable contributions Nurses provide each and every day to care for patients.

The foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who 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.

DAISY honorees are also given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch”, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa. Each honoree and nurses on the honoree’s unit also receive a Cinnabon in honor of Patrick.

One day while Patrick was in the hospital, a family member brought him a Cinnabon.  Patrick had not been eating well, but he thoroughly enjoyed the sweet treat. The next day, he asked his family to bring him a Cinnabon cinnamon roll plus enough for all the nurses in his unit. 

With the help of Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS Brands, The DAISY Foundation carries on this tradition by serving Cinnabons to all the nurses in the Award recipient’s unit in thanks for everything they do for their patients and families.

"When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night,” said Bonnie Barnes, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation. “Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

EOVAHCS is one of more than 1,900 health care facilities internationally that honor nurses with The DAISY Award. More information is available at http://DAISYfoundation.org.