Erin Piper Recipient of DAISY in Training Award

Nursing student Erin Piper has been selected as the Methodist College - UnityPoint Health recipient of the DAISY in Training Award. The DAISY in Training Award is a program of the national DAISY Foundation that recognizes and celebrates nursing students who exemplify the delivery of clinical care in an extraordinary and compassionate way to patients and their families.

The nomination for Erin Piper stated "I have witnessed this student sharing her knowledge in ways to encourage and assist others in a way that accommodates their learning style.  She is able to work with a variety of different patients, families, staff, faculty and peers while keeping an open mind.  From my observations, Erin is slow to judge others, looks for opportunities to encourage those who are discouraged, calm the agitated and challenge those who are excelling."

The nomination also cited Piper's discovery of an unknown art talent during her time at Methodist College. "I have seen the medical drawings she has created to aid in learning. Who knows, maybe there will be a side job as a medical illustrator? The future is very bright in so many ways for this very worthy recipient of the DAISY in Training Award."

The DAISY Foundation was established by the family of Patrick Barnes who died at the age of 33 from the auto-immune disease, ITP. The family was so touched by the care and compassion that Barnes received during his illness, they established the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation as a way to recognize extraordinary nurses who daily demonstrate the care and compassion Patrick received.