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12/29/11news article

Dayton Children’s nurse receives DAISY Award for nursing excellence

The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton is pleased to announce that Cindy Dixon, 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.


Dixon of Bellbrook is a nurse in the Almost Home unit and has been working at Dayton Children’s for 14 years.

“Cindy has made herself available to all of the staff at anytime for particular procedures that are done on the unit,” says her anonymous nominator.  “She takes initiative to form an intimate relationship with the patients so when procedures are explained or performed, the patient and the families are very comforted and knowledgeable with her thorough explanation of detail.”

Dixon serves as an IMPACTS nurse, is a member of the Nurses Christian Fellowship and is a member of The Society of Pediatric Nursing. She also works very closely with leadership at Dayton Children’s to aid in the collaboration of patient family support.

Nominations 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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