Bronx Resident Honored for Her Excellence as a Nurse
BRONX, NEW YORK, May 2014 – Calvary Hospital honored Damali Wright, RN, with the DAISY Award. Nurses recognized with this quarterly award must demonstrate excellence through clinical expertise as well as extraordinary, compassionate care. Honorees are also expected to go above and beyond to make a difference, and exemplify a “healing touch” presence with patients and their families. Award recipients are chosen by their co-workers, administrators, peers, physicians, patients and families.
Damali began working at Calvary Hospital in 2007 as a Nurse’s Aide. She obtained her Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Monroe College in Bronx, New York. She received numerous nominations by her fellow nurses as well as family members.
Some of her nomination forms included the following comments:
“Damali is a kind, compassionate, and caring person who understands the patient’s needs as well as those of the family. She has always taken the time to answer any questions without making us feel uncomfortable or rushed in any way, while always maintaining professionalism.”
“Damari was always very attentive to my father’s needs as well as mine. She did everything she could to make my dad comfortable and help me through the process, I think she is very deserving of the DAISY Award. She is always very professional, caring, and attentive as well as sensitive to our needs.”
Damali was born in Jamaica and presently resides in the Wakefield section of the Bronx with her family.
DAISY (www.daisyfoundation.org) is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The foundation was formed in January, 2000, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications related to Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). Patrick really liked Cinnabons at the end of his life and always made sure there was enough of this culinary treat for all the nurses in his unit. As a result, all DAISY honorees are treated to Cinnabons at every presentation. Each hospital also receives a special banner to hang in the recipient’s unit as a way to celebrate the DAISY Award honors and the nursing profession.
To date, 700 health care facilities (U.S., Canada, Middle East, and Germany, etc.) now give out DAISY awards to honor the excellence on their nursing staff. The organization’s main goals are: 1) to pay tribute to nurses who make such an enormous difference in the lives of people they touch every single day; 2) fund grants for nurses who do research and evidence-based practices in the field of cancer; and 3) to give out the DAISY faculty award to inspiring teachers in nursing school.
PHOTOCAPTION FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Calvary recently recognized Damali Wright, RN with the DAISY Award. On hand at the award ceremony are (left to right):
- Leonila C. Quinones, RN, MA, DON, Director of Nursing Operations;
- Marcella Mulligan, RN, Staff Development Instructor;
- Damali Wright, RN, (Honoree);
- Francine Forrest, RN, Patient Service Manager; and
- Marlene Humphreys, RN, BSN, MS, CHPN, Director of Staff Development.