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Heather Harrison, a registered nurse at Vidant North’s Cancer Care Clinic, was honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. 

The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary and compassionate care that nurses provide patients and families every day. 

Heather was nominated as this quarter’s award recipient by a patient who recognized her pleasant and kind manner.

“She has always been the friendliest during my visits,” the nomination said. “She talks to you and she doesn't have to — she could just as easily keep it clinical and only talk health talk when she is in your room, but she actually engages you in conversation outside of that.” 

Nurses may be nominated by patients or families and award recipients are chosen by a Vidant Health committee on a quarterly basis. Each honoree receives a certificate, a special celebration, a keepsake pin and a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch. 

“We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program that honors exceptional nurses,” said Susan Suiter, vice president of patient care services.  “Many times, the humility of nurses is overwhelming as they will say that they are just doing their job.  Actually, they are our everyday heroes, doing their work of art and heart, and the DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to remind them of just how valuable and incredible that they are. I am so very delighted for Heather.  She is a role model recipient of this wonderful award.”

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes

Patrick died from complications of an uncommon auto-immune disease. 

The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.