Congratulations to our latest DAISY Award winners

Please join us in recognizing these Texas Children’s nurses who make a difference in the lives of our patients and their families every day. The comments included below are excerpts from each winner’s nomination.

Jakalin Pickens (Pavilion for Women, Mother Baby Unit)
Jakalin made my post labor experience so much better. I loved her funny personality and she was constantly going the extra mile to make me more comfortable. Unfortunately, my baby was in the NICU and I started to feel the weight of leaving without my baby towards the end of my stay. Jakalin walked in on me crying on discharge day, much to my embarrassment but she knew exactly how to read the room. She joked, “You’re not a hugger, are you?” I am absolutely NOT a hugger, and it shows that she had taken the time to really get to know me in those few days.

Paloma C. Salazar (West Tower, 15)
Paloma has been an exceptional nurse and has gone above and beyond. She is very respectful and helpful and has the best bedside manner. She is always taking her time to answer all of my questions in detail. I appreciate her so much. I know that one day my daughter will get through this, and I will not forget Paloma. I thank her from the bottom of my heart. Nursing and pediatrics is definitely your calling.

Christina Snell (The Woodlands – NICU)
A NICU family recently lost their baby. They repeatedly told me how comforted and impressed they were by the gentle compassionate care Christina gave their daughter. They noted her strong clinical care and the beautiful way she cared for her, as well as always finding ways for the parents to be involved in her care. They stated “she helps us feel like parents” and they were in awe of her. Thank you for being a gift to a family during one of the heaviest moments of their life.

To learn more about The DAISY Award and past honorees, click here.

Submit a nomination today!

The DAISY Award is for all nurses in any setting. Nominations are accepted year-round and can be submitted by anyone at Texas Children’s – a patient, family member, peer, physician, clinician or other staff member – who experiences or observes extraordinary compassionate care being provided by a nurse.

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