Two nurses from the Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas, were the first Parkland nurses to be honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, according to a news release.
Michelle Burkhardt, RN-BC, who works in a surgery unit, was nominated by her peers for the compassion shown to every patient in her area. Many of her patients return to Parkland just to visit Burkhardt and update her on their progress, according to
Vanessa Grifaldo, RN, a nurse at Parklands Vickery Health Center, Dallas, received the award for the outpatient/community medicine setting. Grifaldo was described as a devoted, authentic employee who not only works hard but works smart. She exhibits high standards and excellent performance, the release said.
We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program, Ron Laxton, DNP, RN, Parklands COO and executive vice president, said in the release. Nurses are heroes every day.
Burkhardt and Grifaldo each received a certificate commending them for being an extraordinary nurse.
The award is part of the DAISY Foundations program to recognize nurses who demonstrate outstanding clinical skills and compassionate care.