Robert Flansburg awarded The DAISY Award

DANSVILLE — Robert Flansburg, an overnight nurse in the Holroyd Intensive Care Unit at Noyes Health in Dansville, was awarded The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at a ceremony Thursday.

The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day.

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick 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. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.)

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.

A grateful patient nominated Mr. Flansburg to receive the award. The patient, admitted in an emergent situation, noted that Mr. Flansburg “tuned into the patient’s needs, my personality, my individual needs and wants. He asked me about my work life and experience, my hobbies, likes, and dislikes... Upon getting this information, he would include this information into our daily conversations.

“Knowing that I enjoyed playing poker, he bought me a deck of playing cards. Hearing that I was retired military, he talked about his military experiences and allowed me to remember my own military life... All of the ICU staff were great, but Bob stood out because he focused on the individual needs of the patient while ensuring that the medical and nursing needs were delivered in an outstanding way.”

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues. The recipient is chosen by a committee at Noyes which reviews nominations and determines the recipient of The DAISY Award.

Awards are presented throughout the year at celebrations attended by the Honoree’s colleagues, patients, and visitors. Each Honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an "Extraordinary Nurse." The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people." Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

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

Said Noyes’ Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Services Tammy West, “We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in The DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”

This is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation to express gratitude to the nursing profession.

Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, The DAISY Faculty Award to honor inspiring faculty members in schools and colleges of nursing, and The DAISY in Training Award for nursing students. More information is available at http://DAISYfoundation.org.