By djpotts - March 28, 2018

International visiting nurse professional, Ouyang “Apple” Xiaoping, RN, a medical oncology specialist, nurse educator and charge nurse from Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital (SRRSH) in Hangzhou, China was recently honored with the DAISY Award.

The DAISY Award recognizes and celebrates nurses who provide extraordinary, compassionate and skillful care every day. These nurses are nominated by leaders, co-workers, patients and families.

The acronym, DAISY, stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Foundation was founded in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died in 1999 at age 33 of a rare autoimmune disease, after surviving two bouts with Hodgkin’s disease. Two months before he became sick, he and his wife, Tena, had welcomed their first baby.

The Barnes family felt blessed by the nurses who had cared for Patrick during his last weeks of life in the hospital. To recognize them for their kindness and compassion — as well as their clinical excellence — the family established the DAISY Awards.

At Sir Run Runs Shaw Hospital, a lung cancer patient’s daughter wrote: “Apple would say good morning and introduce herself to my mother every day, she took time to connect with her and my mother would be happiest after receiving care from Apple.”

Xiaoping spent the last seven weeks observing in several Loma Linda University Medical Center nursing units through the Global Health Institute’s International Development Program. During her visit she had an opportunity to meet fellow Medical Center 2017 DAISY Award recipients.

The Global Health Institute’s International Professional Development Program (IPDP) provides international medical professionals and licensed clinicians an opportunity to broaden their understanding of health care. It is a unique, non-degree program where participants are allowed to observe and experience a variety of innovative practices that are not being performed in their country’s hospital. Visiting professionals are expected to return to their home institution and implement what they learned, sharing their knowledge and experience with colleagues.

 “I witnessed how Loma Linda nurses offer emotional support to patients. I could see how it made a difference in the patients,” says Xiaoping. “I want to make sure our nursing staff in China do the same.”


DAISY Award recipients Apple Xiaoping, RN, from Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital in China (center), between Loma Linda University Medical Center unit 4100 nurse Rocio Vargas (left), and Mikael Kirkham, RN unit 6200 (right)