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10/9/12news article

Dayton Children’s nurse receives DAISY Award for nursing excellence

Kari Schroeder, RN

Daisy award winnerThe Children’s Medical Center of Dayton is pleased to announce that Kari Schroeder, RN is this quarter’s recipient of the DAISY Award for nursing excellence. The DAISY Award recognizes nurses for their extraordinary acts of compassion and excellence in their works with patients, families, the community and their co-workers. Any nurse in any role at Dayton Children’s is eligible for a DAISY Award.

Schroeder of Vandalia is a nurse in the Hematology/Oncology unit and has been working at Dayton Children’s since August 2011. Before moving to Vandalia, Schroder spent her first four months of employment driving two hours one way from her home in northern Ohio to work at Dayton Children’s.

Schroeder was nominated by a coworker who shares; "These two siblings stayed in the hematology unit for more than four weeks. They needed complete coordination of care, including social services needs.

Kari spent significant time teaching the mother how to care for her children's health needs. She assessed the mother's learning style, even making separate binders and schedules for g-tube feedings, medications, and educated her on the basics, like bathing and sleeping.

This mother was so thankful that Kari went the extra mile, taking that much time and energy to create such a resource. Kari took teaching to a whole new level, understanding exactly what type of resource this mother needed to care for her children’s critical needs after she left the hospital."

Daisy AwardNominations for the DAISY Award can be made by anyone and are taken year round. The award is chosen by The Systems Council at Dayton Children’s and is presented quarterly.


The DAISY award may be given to any Dayton Children’s nurse, in good standing, who exemplifies the following:

  • Works collaboratively with others
  • Serves as a role model for the nursing profession
  • Communicates clearly and effectively with all coworkers and patients/families
  • Functions as an integral member of a team
  • Creates an encouraging environment for others to learn
  • Generates enthusiasm and energy towards meeting the challenges of nursing
  • Works with others to achieve common goals and effect positive change
  • Develops key relationships with others—including patients and families
  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills with peers and co-workers
  • Models empathy and demonstrates a caring attitude in all situations
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the goals and mission of Dayton Children’s
  • Strives to go above expectations in their role within Dayton Children’s
  • Commitment to the highest standards of nursing

About The DAISY Foundation

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Foundation was formed in November, 1999, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP).The Foundation works to honor nurses, fund nursing research and honor nursing faculty. For more information please visit

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