NPSF and DAISY Foundation announce 2017 honorees

Nurse Leader Insider, May 4, 2017

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The National Patient Safety Foundation along with The Daisy Foundation have announced the winners of the 2017 National Patient Safety Foundation DAISY Awards for Extraordinary Nurses. The award, a derivative of The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, places special emphasis on patient and workforce safety.

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is given to nurses in more than 2,600 healthcare facilities throughout the U.S. as well as 14 other countries. Nurses who received the DAISY award from their organizations between January 2015 and June 2016 were eligible for this 2017 international award.

“We consider this partnership with the DAISY Foundation to be very special because it provides a way to recognize and honor the nursing profession and exception contributions to patient safety,” said Patricia McGaffigan, RN, MS, CPPS, senior vice president and chief operating officer, NPSF.

Peggy Kattenberg, BSN, RN, CMSRN, of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, the recipient of the individual award, was chosen for an initiative she led concerning the risks associated with nurse interruptions during medication administration.

“Peggy designed a study in which she discovered the astounding number of phone calls nurses receive during specific times when medications are administered on the floor. Her goal was to find a way to decrease the amount of distraction nurses incur during medication administration,” said Cynthia Latney, MSN, BSN, chief nursing officer at Penrose-St. Francis. “The study ultimately led to practices that now prohibit nurses from being interrupted when they are in the medication room.”

The Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center will receive the team award for Team Kalynn, a patient-centered effort to optimize the safety and quality provided to a patient who spent 11 months in the MICU waiting for a lung transplant. The MICU team coordinated staffing and the care planning required to keep the patient safe as well as care for her emotional and social needs over an extended period of time.

“This effort assured both safe handoffs at shift changes and continuity of care, which resulted in the patient’s comfort and kept her safe from complications,” said Karen A. Grimly, PhD, MBA, RN, FACHE, chief nurse executive, UCLA Health.

This is the third year the NPSF and The DAISY Foundation have partnered to deliver the international awards. They will be presented during the 19th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress in Orlando, Florida at the end of May.

For more information about The DAISY Foundation, visit For updates about the award and the NPSF Patient Safety Congress, visit

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