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Nurse Recognized for Excellent Care

Robert Porter, RN, who works on Med Surg 2 at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills (FHZ) and has been employed there for 11 months, is the most recent recipient of the DAISY Award which recognizes one outstanding nurse monthly. A patient who Porter cared for nominated him by stating that Porter “always made sure I was comfortable and had everything I needed. He has a great personality and kind spirit. He made me laugh and brightened my spirits. I couldn’t have asked for a better RN.”
The acronym DAISY stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. Mark and Tena Barnes, whose son, Patrick Barnes, 33, died at a Seattle hospital due to an auto-immune disease, created the DAISY Award to recognize the extraordinary nurses who cared for Patrick and others like them. FHZ is among 2,400 hospitals nationally with a DAISY Award program. A FHZ DAISY Award Committee selects a nurse for this prestigious honor based on patient and family nominations combined with input from supervisors, physicians, peers and committee members.
The award that Porter is holding is called “The Healer’s Touch” and is given to every DAISY Award recipient. The sculpture is hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. According to Rick and Tena Barnes, the sculptures were selected as a gift because of the respect the Shona people demonstrate towards their healers who are often referred to as “treasures”.