By Tom Clegg
Clifford Daigler, BSN, RN, assistant manager, patient care services at Tucson Medical Center, was named the Nurse.com 2015 Mountain West Rising Star at the June 19 GEM Awards dinner at the Wild Horse Pass Resort and Casino in Chandler, Ariz.
The Nurse.com Rising Star Award is presented to one nurse at each of our GEM events — a nurse who has been licensed and working in any care setting for fewer than five years and who possesses a strong nursing knowledge base and good clinical skills; who shows special characteristics and traits indicative of future leadership strengths; who has personal and career goals in place, and who demonstrates knowledge of current professional nursing issues.
In just two years, Daigler has proven himself by using his leadership and observartional skills to strengthen the team approach in patient care and increase patient and family satisfaction.
“I am overwhelmed with emotion at winning this award,” Daigler said. “I strive each day to make my unit a better place for both patients and staff, and to be acknowledged for my efforts is incredibly rewarding.”
Even as a student, Daigler explored his potential as a leader. During an internship, he reached out to the unit manager, wanting to know what he would need to do to succeed. He was told that someone who cares for patients and their families and has a team spirit already has desirable qualities. Daigler’s work reflected those qualities, and his ability to listen and teach has been recognized by patients, families and colleagues, according to his nominator.
Passion for the profession
Daigler said he is most proud of his passion for the profession, which has driven him “to find better ways to care for patients and to foster, coach and empower the nurses on the unit to care for their patients.”
Daigler has put into practice the wisdom he shares with others. “Find what you are passionate about,” he said. “If you are interested in different areas of nursing, let it be known and inquire what you would have to do to move up into those positions.”
Recently promoted to assistant manager for the neuro/spine unit, Daigler looks at helping staff identify what they need to do to provide patient-centered, quality care. He has partnered with the stroke coordinator to provide education on core measures and Get with the Guidelines measures from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.
As the co-chairman of the unit-based council, Daigler has moved the focus of the group from what the hospital and management can do to how they, as a team, can improve quality measures.
He said it’s difficult to identify just one person who has influenced his career development and credited his unit manager, the unit team he works with and his director and CNO for having had a significant influence because “the passion they all exhibit for nursing has inspired my own passion for the profession.”