The 2019 DAISY Award was presented to Clarke County Hospital nurse Kira Preston on May 17, 2019. Nominated by patients, the DAISY Award recognizes “Extraordinary Nurses” and their ongoing commitment to patient care and experience.
Well known for her positive attitude with patients, families and co-workers, Kira goes above and beyond in delivering quality,personalized care to every patient she works with.
Kira has been an RN in Med-Surg and in the Emergency Department of Clarke County Hospital for ten years. She has her BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing), is a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) trained nurse and is also one of the hospital’s EPIC (healthcare records software) trainers.
The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses was created by the family of Patrick Barnes, who passed away in late 1999 from complications relating to the auto-immune disease, ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpural), and is in honor of the nurses who cared for Patrick during the last weeks of his life. The family’s goal was to ensure that nurses know how deserving they are of society’s profound respect for the education, training, brainpower and skill they put into their work, and especially for the caring with which they deliver their care. Today, the DAISY Award has come to be regarded as a strategic tool for nurse recruitment and retention and has been adopted by healthcare facilities all over the U.S. and beyond.