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Recognize Your Nurse

We invite patients, loved ones of patients, coworkers and community members to help us pay recognition to our nurses who have gone above and beyond in their field. Patient care is the lifeblood of the hospital and our nurses not only provide the direct care for patients but also act as advocates for their patients each day. Did your nurse provide extraordinary care during your stay?

About Nurse Recognition Awards

The DAISY Award

The DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses logo.UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center invites members of the public to nominate an outstanding nurse for The DAISY Award. We will honor all nursing staff during National Hospital Week with The DAISY Award.

The award was established by The DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of an auto-immune disease. DAISY stands for "diseases attacking the immune system." The DAISY Award recognizes outstanding nurses for their compassion and care.

"At GRMC and our affiliated clinics, we have many DAISY nurses," says Doris Rindels, vice president. "They are the kind of nurse that other nurses want taking care of their moms. They are the nurses that go above-and-beyond for their patients. Their coworkers feel that working with them is a real gift because they care about all aspects of their job and teammates."

We participate in this award program to honor outstanding nurses. All nurses (LPN, RN, and Advance Practice Nurses) who provide direct patient care in any department or clinic are eligible to be nominated for a DAISY Award.

Nomination forms are available at our nurses' stations, the nursing administration office, human resources, The Light Center for Public Health, and our clinics in Grinnell and Victor. Completed forms may be turned into the general admissions desk at the hospital or clinic. They may also be sent via email.

100 Great Nurses

The 100 Great Iowa Nurses program has launched its annual application process in Iowa. This program identifies 100 outstanding nurses every year whose courage, competence and commitment to patients and the nursing profession stand out above all others. These nurses go above and beyond to contribute significantly to the profession of nursing. This program provides patients, coworkers, industry professionals, friends and family members the opportunity to recognize exceptional nurses in their communities.

Selection Criteria Are:

  • Nominees must have a current Iowa Registered Nurse (RN) license (licensure will be checked with the Iowa Board of Nursing).
  • Nominees must have made a significant contribution to the profession, going above and beyond normal job responsibilities.
  • Nominees must have practiced nursing for a minimum of three years.
  • Nominees may not have been named a 100 Great Iowa Nurses honoree in a previous year.

This program was initiated in 2005 by Melanie Dreher, who served as dean of the University of Iowa College of Nursing at that time. The University of Iowa College of Nursing is responsible for the program and celebration, but relies on the support and expertise of several organizations and associations around the state to make 100 Great Iowa Nurses happen each year. Today, the 100 Great Iowa Nurses program promotes professional nursing in Iowa by financially supporting the continued education of future nurse leaders.