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Burrell Named Daisy Award Recipient

September 22, 2021 7:34 a.m.

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Crystal Burrell, RN, was honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Sarah Bush Lincoln on August 24.

Burrell was nominated for her reliability and ability to teach. Her nominator wrote in part:

“I am nominating Crystal for the DAISY Award, due to her ability to manage any patient and address their critical needs in a calm, but urgent manner. She always uses her strong assessment skills to collaborate with medical staff. She’s never afraid to advocate for her patients.

She is the epitome of a reliable coworker! She very rarely misses work, and often helps her co-workers by working additional shifts as needed. Crystal is not one to get frazzled or frustrated by a situation – she just continues her job and does her best for her patients and coworkers.

In her 11 years as a nurse, Crystal has served as a mentor for many of our new nurses. She’s always willing to train them, and I can trust her to train the new nurses correctly. She is also a good resource to experienced nurses, whether to lend advice, give constructive criticism, or help out when the day is busy. We are so lucky to have a nurse like Crystal!”

Sarah Bush Lincoln has joined more than 2,700 healthcare facilities by becoming a DAISY Award hospital partner. During the award presentation, Burrell received a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a unique, hand-carved serpentine stone sculpture from Zimbabwe, entitled, “A Healer’s Touch.”

The DAISY Award was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system.) The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and families.

Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians and other employees may nominate a deserving nurse for The Daisy Award and a nurse will be selected by SBL’s DAISY committee every month to receive this special honor. Nomination forms are located at and at all SBL clinics and on patient floors. The forms can be submitted to any Sarah Bush Lincoln staff member, or sent via email to [email protected] or mail to Sarah Bush Lincoln, DAISY Nursing Award, 1000 Health Center Drive, Mattoon, IL 61938. For more information, SBL DAISY interim coordinator, Tracey McCord, RN, at (217) 238-4987 or [email protected].


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