DAISY Award Recipients, Presentations and Publications, October 2014

Daisy Award Aug 14 C Schultz


Christopher Schultz, BSN, RN, EMT-P received the Daisy Award in August for his calm, reassuring demeanor while caring for a patient in a Mitchell ICU.

“Chris was instrumental in saving the life of my mother. He was at her bedside for over six hours. He was constantly doing something…putting in blood and plasma, adjusting and monitoring other pieces of equipment, monitoring meds and sending labs. All the while he took the time to answer all of our questions. He stayed calm throughout our crises and he never strayed from his mission of saving our mom’s life! With his professionalism and ability to keep calm, he is a credit to the nursing profession. He helped us to stay calm. He needs to be recognized for his tireless attention to duty. Thank you Chris!” – From a patient.


Kelly Metcalf, RN, BSN received the September Daisy Award for her extraordinary care and compassion in the recovery of a patient seriously injured in an electrical accident.

According to the patient, Kelly aided him not only with her actions, but also with her words.

“I will never forget what she said to me on a particularly difficult day. She said, ‘Tomorrow will be a better day.’ I went through everyday knowing that tomorrow will be better. Now, even though I am not fully recovered yet, I know I have made it through my worst days. Kelly gave me courage with her words during the worst time of my life. She deserves this award for all that she did to create an atmosphere where I felt comfortable at the most uncomfortable time in my life. She truly is an incredible nurse whose kindness and thoughtfulness made me believe in better days.”

-Tom Magiera

UChicago Medicine recently relaunched the DAISY Awards. You can read more about the program here.


An article by Kirissa Vukin RN, Sherwin Morgan RRT, Steve Mosakowski RRT, Patti Solano RRT, Lolita Stanton RRT, Lucille Lester MD, Romeen Lavani MD, Jesse Hall MD, and Avery Tung, MD titled Use of Heliox Delivered via High-Flow Nasal Cannula to Treat an Infant with Coronavirus-Related Respiratory Infection with Severe Air-Flow Obstruction will be published in the November 2014 issue of Respiratory Care

LaFond, C. M., Vincent, C. V., Lee, S., Corte, C., Hershberger, P.E., Johnson, A., Park, C. G., and Wilkie, D. J. (in press). Development and Validation of a Virtual Human Vignette to Compare Nurses’ Assessment and Intervention Choices for Pain in Critically Ill Children published in Simulation in Healthcare.


Mark Lockwood, MSN, RN, presented at the 23rd Annual International Transplant Nurses Society Symposium, One World of Caring, Sept. 27, 2014, “Determinants of Internet Use at an Urban Transplant Center:  Characterizing the Digital Divide.”

Danielle Miller, MSN, RNC-OB, Mary Sandelski, MSN, RNC-OB, Kenneth Nunes, MD, Sharon Greene-Hughes, BSN, RN, Sylvia Freeman, MSN and Barbara Scavone, MD’s, abstract Massive Blood Transfusion in Labor and Delivery was accepted for poster presentation at the Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative Annual Conference (ILPQC) on Nov. 10, 2015.

Patience Tieri, BSN, RN, Nancy Scott, DNP, APN, Ashley Wahome, BSN, RN, and Cedric McCoy, MSN APN’s abstract Clot Busting: Enhancing Nursing Documentation was accepted for the State-of-the-Science Stoke Nursing Symposium in Nashville in February 2015.

Mary Ann Francisco, APN, RN, Monica Gonzalez, RN, and Cynthia LaFond, PhD, RN, CCRN’s abstract Pause for POSS: Assessing Unintentional Sedation in Patients receiving Opioids was accepted for presentation at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists 2015 Annual Conference, The Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Essence of Transformational Health Care on March 5 – 7, 2015 at Bay, Coronado, Calif.

Emily Lowder, PhD, RN, was asked to be a keynote presenter for the 2015 Patient Flow Summit in May 2015 in Las Vegas.

Kelly Lankin, MSN, RN, and Alyssa Kirk, RN, BSN, “Development and Implementation of an MIBG Program for the Treatment of Neuroblastoma Using a Multidisciplinary Approach”, poster presentation was accepted for the Society of Pediatric Nurses 25th Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. in April 2015.


Nursing Grand Rounds

November 18:

Conducting a systematic literature review

Mark Lockwood, MSN, RN Co-chair

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