The CCI DAISY Nurse Leader Award for Extraordinary Nurses


The DAISY Nurse Leader Award is an international recognition program started in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Pat’s family experienced first-hand the difference his nurses made in his care through clinical excellence and outstanding compassionate care. The family created The DAISY Nurse Leader Award to express gratitude to nurses and to enable other patients, families, and staff to thank and honor their special nurses. A branch of the DAISY Award, the DAISY Nurse Leader Award, is the Competency and Credentialing Institute's (CCI's) most prestigious clinical leadership recognition and is awarded annually at the AORN Expo meeting of CCI's Board of Directors.

Selection Criteria for CCI DAISY Nurse Leader Award:

  • Promotes a shared vision and enthusiasm to achieve better patient outcomes through exemplary perioperative nursing practice
  • Promotes continuous professional development and certification excellence
  • Recognized as a mentor to CCI staff and/or volunteers
  • Accessible, available, and responsive to the needs of CCI staff, volunteers, and those we serve
  • Encourages critical thinking and problem-solving for individuals and teams to promote CCI’s vision
  • Role model for attributes of trust, mutual respect, and ethical behavior
  • Personifies compassionate nursing care, empathy, and caring in action
  • Promotes and enhances the image of nursing within the organization, the community, and the profession

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Please visit DAISYFoundation.org to learn more about Pat's story and how The DAISY Award recognizes Extraordinary Nurses.

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Past CCI DAISY Award Recipients

2022

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Dawn Whiteside

MSN-Ed, RN, CNOR, NPD-BC, RNFA

The mission of CCI is to promote continuous professional development which drives safe quality patient care. We aspire to grow a community of certificants and lifelong learners for whom CCI is a catalyst and integral partner.

Dawn Whiteside has continually stressed teamwork and partnership in carrying out her complex duties in working with a diversity of partner organizations to fulfill the mission of CCI. She epitomizes lifelong learning in both her career and in establishing programs for our stakeholders. I can cite numerous examples of Dawn’s achievements in fulfilling the mission of CCI.

Dawn is an industry thought leader in nursing professional development. She played a key role in the collaboration with the Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD) to develop the portfolio-based credential NPDA-BC. She has led our efforts to expand our credentialing offerings in developing the Perioperative Educator (COM) Certificate of Mastery and the Perioperative Preceptor COM. These credentials will address long-term issues for perioperative nursing in providing specialist education and training based on current best evidence. To address perioperative staffing shortfalls and long-term recruiting issues she serves as adjunct faculty for the Edgewood College School of Nursing in Madison Wisconsin. Her efforts were integral in developing the NRS 480: Special Topics in Nursing and Health Care Pre-Licensure Perioperative Services Training Program. She is also a DNP student at this same college and exemplifies her personal commitment to lifelong learning.

Dawn’s technological prowess and willingness to learn have been instrumental in the startup of the CCI Learning Management System (LMS) a key component of the CCI Continuous Professional Development system supporting recertification for 6 credentials and 40000+ certificants. This LMS was built by the nursing team led by Dawn and she serves as the CCI super-user. This system provided credit for over 18000 learning activities in 2021: doubling the volume of 2020. She collaborates with the Recertification Committee to provide a system hosting more than 1000 points of no-cost professional development learning activities. In her LMS work, she has mentored and collaborated with the Credentialing Team to foster highly effective teamwork.

In addition to her primary duties, Dawn serves as a board member with ABNSC the accrediting body for many of our credentials. She has also worked closely with our partners SBMG and Beyond Clean to guide their development of microcredential/COM programs which have contributed to increased revenue for the organization. Her highly polished teamwork and communication skills have been instrumental in the startup and early success of these innovative programs. Dawn’s infectious enthusiasm and highly developed teambuilding skills have been instrumental in the recent growth of CCI and our credentialing offerings. She has done as much as any staff member to foster accountability amongst the staff and in maintaining a keen focus on the mission and vision of the organization.


2021

Tabitha Kinlaw - Daisy Foundation Award

Tabitha Kinlaw

MBA, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CNOR, ONC

Through her remarkable service on various Board committees and as a Board Officer during 2020, Ms. Tabitha Kinlaw has proven an exemplary advocate for a shared vision, unbounded enthusiasm to achieve better patient outcomes through support to the perioperative community, and promoting exemplary perioperative nursing practice as a nationally recognized perioperative nurse educator.

Ms. Tabitha Kinlaw holds multiple credentials and role models continuous professional development and certification excellence through her engagement on several national boards and committees. Tabitha is universally acknowledged and appreciated as a mentor to CCI staff, volunteers, and the perioperative community through her sound judgment and leadership during challenges and opportunities afforded with the 2020 COVID experience. Tabitha delivered unwavering and invaluable assistance in guiding CCI staff through numerous sensitive business and personnel matters during the previous calendar year. She personifies being accessible, available, and responsive to the needs of CCI staff, volunteers, and the perioperative community. On multiple occasions, she dropped her other significant responsibilities to prioritize the health of CCI staff/volunteers and welfare of the organization and perioperative community. Tabitha dedicated numerous hours on a weekly basis ensuring the success of the CCI team as Board President and tirelessly contributed to item writing and other supportive efforts. Through the attributes of trust, mutual respect, and ethical behavior, Tabitha maintained a posture of continuous collegiality even in the most stressful and trying of conversations, including contentious moments that would test even the most caring and compassionate professional.

Tabitha tirelessly promotes and enhances the image of perioperative nursing and the nursing profession within CCI, across the perioperative nursing community, and to the whole of the nursing profession through national engagement with multiple organizations. Ms. Tabitha Kinlaw personifies the qualities of a true DAISY Nurse Leader.