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Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS)
Alabama VA Nurse recognized with DAISY Award
By Tramel Garrett, CAVHCS Public Affairs
Friday, April 24, 2020TUSKEGEE, AL – As a young girl growing up in Auburn, Margaret Ewell had a passion for taking care of others, and it would set her on a path to become a nurse. At a very early age, she would assist in the care of her sick grandmother and wanted to do anything possible to save her.
It was those moments that inspired her to follow her dream and become a licensed practical nurse. Ewell’s compassion continues to make a difference and exemplifies her commitment to the profession. Her hard work and dedication led to CAVHCS honoring her with a surprise DAISY Award ceremony at the Tuskegee campus.
What is the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation?
The DAISY Foundation has a national program to recognize the exceptional performances of nurses from around the country. The program was inspired by the care Patrick Barnes received by nurses after he was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, which is a disease that attacks the immune system.
According to the DAISY Foundation, "We created The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses and piloted the program at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, whose nurses cared for Patrick during the last weeks of his life. Our goal was to ensure that nurses know how deserving they are of our society's profound respect for the education, training, brainpower, and skill they put into their work, and especially for the caring with which they deliver their care. At the time we started the program, we could not have anticipated that The DAISY Award would come to be regarded as a strategic tool for nurse recruitment and retention and would be adopted by healthcare facilities all over the U.S. and beyond."
The bond between our nurses and our Veteran patients is a vital component in how our health care system delivers the high-quality care our Veterans deserve and have grown to expect at our health care system.
Here is a very heartfelt excerpt from the letter of the Veteran family who nominated Ewell.
"I am writing this letter in reference to the excellent care that my husband and I receive from your facility, but to recognize an employee named Margaret Ewell. Nurse Ewell is really in a class of her own. She shows so much care and concern for her patients, very professional, and will take time out of her busy schedule to talk to you on the phone about any of your concerns.”
"She is truly an asset to the CAVHCS Care Team and should be recognized for her hard work and ethics. I'm requesting that she be nominated for the DAISY award, a title she has earnestly worked for and deserves. Thank you, Nurse Ewell. You are appreciated not only by myself and my family but all Veterans you serve."
DAISY nomination boxes are located throughout CAVHCS facilities, and the awardees are selected after a committee review.
“I was utterly shocked when I received the award. The nomination from the Veteran family was very nice, and I’ve enjoyed taking care of her and her husband.”
Ewell has been with CAVHCS for 29 years and decided to work for the Department of Veterans Affairs to give back to the heroes who fought for our nation.
“We have a very noble mission of serving the many Veterans who have put their lives on the line to keep our nation safe,” said Ewell. “We owe it to them to provide the best care possible.”