The family of J. Patrick Barnes developed the DAISY Foundation in 1999, to show their deep appreciation for nurses who provided exceptional and compassionate care during the last few weeks of Barnes’ life. By developing this foundation, Barnes’ family gained closure and a great remembrance of their loved one.

The award concept blossomed tremendously and now nurses across the nation are receiving a touching and well-deserved recognition. Extraordinary nurses are presented the Daisy award after being nominated by patients who found their nursing care to be unique, empathic and above the norm.

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Heidi Van Gorder, a May 2013 Moraine Park Nursing Program graduate, graciously accepted the Daisy Award for the compassionate and gentle care she provides.

Heidi continually goes above and beyond for her patients, representing the nursing profession in the most positive light.

She is kind hearted and extremely well deserving of this award. Not only do her attributes leave a lasting impression on patients, but also Moraine Park nursing students are privileged to work along side Heidi during one of their final clinical rotations.

Heidi helps teach and guide future RNs with the utmost patience and compassion. Congratulations on receiving the DAISY Award Heidi, Moraine Park is proud to have you as a Nursing Alumni.

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Heidi Van Gorder 2013 MPTC Nursing Alumni

 

Written by Danyel Giacomini
Nursing Instructor