Donna Klein, LPN honored with The DAISY Award

posted 2/19/2019 in News

MercyOne nurses are now being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses!
The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

Donna Klein, LPN, was surprised with the award on February 18, 2019. Donna is a nurse in the Outpatient Clinic at MercyOne Waterloo Medical Center.

Donna's nomination reads: "My husband, Stu, was diagnosed with bladder cancer and started his six weeks of treatments. He was scheduled to do a treatment every Thursday morning at the Outpatient clinic and we were blessed to have Donna as our nurse. She was an angel sent to us, we were scared to death not knowing what to expect. She was there for every one of Stu's treatments and was amazing. Stu was worried to death at each of his treatments and said he couldn't have made it through them without his wonderful nurse there by our sides. It was a painful procedure but knowing Donna was going to be the one helping him through it made a big difference to us. Cancer changes a person's life forever. Donna is a wonderful caring person with a heart full of gold. She is wonderful friend that came to us through this terrible disease. She was our guardian angel. She is a beautiful daisy!!!"

Chief Nursing Officer Kelly Richards and Donna Klein, LPN

Stu Allen, Donna Klein, LouAnn Allen
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California, established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, said, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at Wheaton Iowa are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and are chosen by a committee of nurses to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors.

To nominate a nurse for The DAISY Award, an electronic form is available online at