Donna McCune Named DAISY Award Winner


Nurse Donna McCune has been named as a winner of the DAISY Award for providing extraordinary nursing care.

Kittitas Valley Healthcare has been participating in the DAISY Award program since late 2012.  Local recipients are selected twice per year, based on their clinical expertise and demonstration of extraordinary compassionate care.  The recipients receive a certificate, a pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled “A Healer’s Touch.”

Donna McCune is a registered nurse who works in the Family Birthing Center at KVH Hospital.  She joined KVH in 2008, working in the Medical Surgical Unit for five years.  She transferred to her current position the Family Birthing Center in 2013.

The nomination, which was submitted by a family member of a patient, said of Donna, “Your clinical competence was evident and a great comfort, allowing me to trust in your care...In a period in which I might have felt helpless, you allowed me to feel I was engaged in helping in some small way.” 

Donna becomes the fifth local nurse to be recognized since KVH began participating in the award program.

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Award is a collaboration of the DAISY Foundation and the American Organization of Nurse Executives, and was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes following his death due to complications of an auto-immune disease.  It is not required that nurses have cared for someone with an immune system disease to be eligible for the DAISY award.

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