Erlanger celebrates DAISY Award winner McKinley Waugh

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Erlanger recently honored nurse McKinley Waugh, BSN, RN, with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

A DAISY Foundation program, the DAISY Award is a national award to celebrate nurses who define patient and family-centered care through recognizing the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. Nurses can be nominated by anyone in the healthcare organization, including patients and family members.

Waugh was nominated by a family who spent time in the NICU. The patient gave birth to twins who were immediately taken to the NICU due to their prematurity. One child passed away one day after birth and the other child stayed in the NICU for five months. In the nomination, the patient family states, “She took care of our baby after everything we went through losing a twin. She treated us like family and will forever have an impact on us.”

“McKinley doesn’t just care for her patients physically,” said Erlanger Chief Nursing Executive Rachel Harris. “She cares for the whole person, including the families of her patients. McKinley’s compassionate care and kind heart make her the perfect recipient for this award, and we are so proud to have her on our nursing team.”

The DAISY Foundation was created in 1999 after Patrick Barnes passed away from Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. His family wanted a way to honor him and show appreciation for the nurses’ compassion and kindness they extended to the whole family during his eight-week stay in the hospital. Barnes’ wife, Tena, created the DAISY acronym, which stands for “diseases attacking the immune system.” For more information about the DAISY Foundation or the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, please visit  

McKinley Waugh, BSN, RN, DAISY Award winner