Two MCHS nurses in Austin and Albert Lea receive DAISY Award

 Two nurses from Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin and Albert Lea received the DAISY Award, an international recognition that honors and celebrates the skillful and compassionate care nurses provide.

To receive the DAISY Award, nurses who provide extraordinary care are nominated by patients, patient families or colleagues. For nurses working at locations across Mayo Clinic Health System in Southeast Minnesota, a selection committee reviews nominations and selects DAISY Award winners quarterly.

The two nurses who received the DAISY Award are:

  • Lora Sipple
    Sipple is a registered nurse in Surgical Services at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea, Minnesota. She was nominated by a pediatric patient’s mother who remembered how Sipple created a positive experience for her son during a visit to the Albert Lea campus for surgery.
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  • Julie Hendrikson
    Hendrikson is a licensed practical nurse for Medical Specialty services at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin, Minnesota. She was nominated for the DAISY Award by a patient who needed help getting equipment for sleep apnea while also dealing with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
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Both nurses were presented the DAISY Award by Cheristi Cognetta-Rieke, D.N.P., chief nursing officer for Mayo Clinic Health System in Southeast Minnesota, at surprise presentations.

The DAISY Award was created in honor of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. The nursing care he received when hospitalized profoundly touched his family. Learn more about the history of the DAISY Award.