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UCI Health honors nursing excellence

Two team members recognized for compassion, courage with The DAISY Award

December 19, 2023
LEFT: uci health nurse rachelle capiral wearing blue nursing scrubs and white coat holding a DAISY nurse leader honoree banner standing outside in front of an iron fence ; RIGHT: uci health nurse alexis henry wearing blue nursing scrubs holding a DAISY award standing in front of uci medical center icu sign and a DAISY honorees sign
DAISY Award winners Alexis Henry, left, and Rachelle Capiral.

Orange, Calif. ― The team of exceptional nurses at UCI Health continue to show why they are among the very best at what they do.

Two team members were honored with The DAISY Award, which recognizes nurses who demonstrate excellence in patient care while displaying the values of compassion, courage and integrity.

The most recent recipients of The DAISY Awards are:

Alexis Henry, BSN, RN, is a clinical nurse who joined UCI Health in 2018. She currently works in one of the intensive care units at UCI Medical Center. Her award nomination details in part her extraordinary efforts to accommodate a special gathering of the family of a patient who was being transferred to another facility.

Rachelle Capiral, BSN, CMSRN, is a nurse manager in the emergency department. She has been a nurse for 20 years. Her award nomination details the exceptional care and leadership qualities Capiral demonstrated in the care of one of her patients.

How to nominate a team member

Anyone can nominate an exceptional nurse or patient care team member for a DAISY or Sunflower Award, including faculty, staff and patients. Simply fill out the appropriate nomination form below:

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About UCI Health

UCI Health is the clinical enterprise of the University of California, Irvine, and the only academic health system in Orange County. Patients can access UCI Health at primary and specialty care offices across Orange County and at its main campus, UCI Medical Center in Orange, Calif. The 459-bed, acute care hospital, listed among America’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for 23 consecutive years, provides tertiary and quaternary care, ambulatory and specialty medical clinics, behavioral health and rehabilitation services. UCI Medical Center is home to Orange County’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, high-risk perinatal/neonatal program and American College of Surgeons-verified Level I adult and Level II pediatric trauma center, gold level 1 geriatric emergency department and regional burn center. UCI Health serves a region of nearly 4 million people in Orange County, western Riverside County and southeast Los Angeles County. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

About the DAISY and Sunflower awards

The DAISY Team Award is designed to honor collaboration by two or more people, led by a direct-care nurse, who identify and meet patient and/or patient family needs by going above and beyond the traditional role of nursing.

The individual DAISY Award recognizes a nurse for being an outstanding role model. To be nominated for this award, they must consistently demonstrate a caring attitude focusing on meeting the needs of patients and families, listen with their heart, significantly makes a difference in the life of a patient, shows good assessment and critical thinking skills and brings enthusiasm and energy to their daily work. The DAISY Award committee selects one nominated nurse each month who exemplifies what it means to truly be an outstanding caregiver.

The Sunflower Award recognizes a deserving ancillary staff member (nursing assistant, therapists, technicians, etc.) who demonstrates exceptional teamwork that positively impacts the patient.