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CoxHealth recognizes DAISY Award winners in Branson

Submitted to Branson Globe

Each quarter, CoxHealth recognizes nurses who have provided outstanding care with DAISY Awards. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is presented in medical facilities throughout the United States to recognize the education, training, skill and compassionate care nurses provide. Patients, their friends and families, co-workers, physicians and volunteers may nominate a nurse for the award. Each recipient receives a bouquet of daisies, a commemorative pin for their ID badge, a small statue hand-crafted by a tribe in Zimbabwe and are featured on the national Daisy Foundation website.

Here are the most recent Branson honorees:

Rachel Arington.

Rachel Arington, RN, Progressive Care Unit

It took Rachel two different shifts to detangle a patient’s long and matted hair. She brought in special hair products and combs to make sure she did not hurt the patient. The patient so appreciated the tender care and thoughtfulness that Rachel showed her. She loved her clean, scented hair and beautiful braids that Rachel gave her.

Daniel Tennison

Daniel Tennison, RN, Cath Lab

Daniel was driving through his neighborhood when he came upon a woman who had fallen and cut her knee open. She was bleeding profusely and had gravel in her knee. Even though Daniel told her she may need stitches, she did not want to go to the hospital. Daniel offered her a ride to his house where he spent 45 minutes cleaning and dressing the wound. He explained to her how to care for her knee and what type of bandages are best to help her heal. He gave her his phone number to call if she ever needed help with it. She was very appreciative and felt reassured since he was a nurse at the hospital.

Nikki Markes, RN, Ambulatory Infusion Center

Nikki Markes.

A Cox Branson employee in Patient Access suffered a severe burn in her home and required surgery and extensive dressing changes at home. Nikki first took her home when she was discharged and would go after work and on her days off to the colleague’s home every time the bandage needed changed. Nikki noted that the employee was getting discouraged, so she encouraged Cox Branson staff to send cards and encouraging words to help the employee get through the difficult time. The employee is so grateful and says she feels like Nikki was sent by God.

Would you like to recognize an exceptional nurse at Cox Medical Center Branson? It’s easy to do. Go to to access a nomination form.

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