Erika in The Future Nurses Club

Thursday, September 27, 2018 (Mount Vernon, OH) – One of the 6th floor Medical/Surgical nurses at Knox Community Hospital has been honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. 

The second DAISY award recipient is Erika Moran, RN. Erika began her relationship with KCH in 8th grade and participated for 5 years in the Future Nurses Club, Erika is also a recipient of the Future Nurses Club scholarship.  She then worked as PCA on weekends driving back and forth from Bowling Green University until she graduated.  She completed the nurse residency program at KCH and started as a nurse on 6th floor in November of 2016.

KCH is 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.

The following employee submission led to Erika’s nomination:


Erika will brighten the room even on her most challenging days. She has a way of lifting your spirits and putting a smile on your face. Erika decided that she wanted to show appreciation and share smiles throughout the hospital and thank all the various departments that interact with the med-surg patients. It takes a team to provide good care, and to show this appreciation she developed a plan. For most, if not all of 2017, Erika and her helpers made baked goods and gathered items to make baskets for different departments, delivering one each month to areas like pharmacy, radiology, respiratory, surgery, etc. She gave of her time, her talents, her money, and most importantly her care and compassion to say thank you and share a smile. She is consistently selfless, and so inspiring!”

-Adonyah Whipple, RN, Palliative Care


The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.  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.  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. 

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses has been adopted by healthcare facilities around the world to celebrate nurses for their extraordinary care and compassion.  The DAISY Team Award is for nurse-led teams of two or more who come together to solve a specific situation by going above and beyond.  Nursing teams may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues and they are chosen by a committee of nurses at Knox Community Hospital to receive The DAISY Team Award. The DAISY Team Award is presented once each year at a surprise presentation.  Each member of the Nursing Team receives a certificate commending them for being an "Extraordinary Nurse."  The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are and the incredibly meaningful difference your teamwork makes in the lives of so many people."  The Team also receives a specially engraved plaque engraved with the name of the Team.   

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 work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at Knox Community Hospital are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

For a complete listing of healthcare organizations currently running the program, please go to http://DAISYfoundation.org

The DAISY Award and DAISY Team Award are initiatives of The DAISY Foundation in service 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.