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DAISY Nursing Excellence


The DAISY (TM) Award for Extraordinary Nurses became part of recognizing outstanding nurses at SLV Health in the fall of 2022. In late 1999, at the age of 33, Patrick Barnes woke up with some blood blisters in his mouth. A visit to the doctor revealed he had a dangerously low platelet count and he was admitted to the hospital. The diagnosis was the auto-immune disease ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura). Read here about why the DAISY award was created by Patrick's family.

Click here for a link to recommend a nurse at SLV Health for the DAISY award. Who can recommend an excellent nurse? Patients, family members of patients, co-workers, and visitors to SLV Health are all welcome to recognize a nurse for their outstanding care.

January, 2023. The first DAISY nominated nurses at SLV Health were recognized. The winner was Dwayne Candy, RN, who is a nurse in OR/Surgery. He was nominated by two different patients and scored the highest overall. Read his full story here.

June, 2023. Amy Oaks, RN, Cancer Center Clinic, received the second award and was nominated numerous times by several of her patients. Her story is posted here.dwayne and Jennifer

Pictured with Dwayne, is Committee Chair, Jennifer Walker, RN, Nurse Manager of OB/Labor & Delivery at SLV Health.

More information about SLV Health Nurses

Check out this video to see why nurses like working at SLV Health. And, here is another video to get a glimpse into why the nurses enjoy working at SLVH and living in the San Luis Valley.

Each year, several SLVH nurses are nominated and celebrated at the annual Nightingale event.

The Nurse Residency program provides excellent onboarding support for new nurses.