Los Angeles — Spring was definitely about flowers — specifically daisies — for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles nurses Rita Secola, RN, MSN, CPON, and Denise Navarro, RNC, BSN, who were named its DAISY Award winners for May and June, respectively.
More than 200 hospitals nationwide take part in the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award program, which involves hospitals giving an award each month to one of their nurses for performing extraordinary care. The DAISY Foundation was formed in 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura.
Secola, who has been the clinical manager of the 4 West/bone marrow transplantation units at Childrens since 1997, has been there for both patients’ families and her peers when their loved ones have been affected by cancer. Her colleagues, who see her as the go-to person for any oncology-related issue, also say she has served as a mentor and role model, empowering others to present posters and join professional organizations.
Families often return to the newborn and infant critical-care unit to visit Navarro, who was been the primary nurse for several babies. She has served on several committees, shown dedication to projects, educated staff, and taught herself Spanish by reading children’s stories. Navarro now translates for patients and is involved in several translation projects on the unit.Denise Navarro, RNC, BSN, adds her signature to the large green banner displayed at each Childrens Hospital Los Angeles DAISY Award ceremony.