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Ochsner Health Nurses Honored by The DAISY Foundation

Ochsner Health Nurses Honored by The DAISY Foundation

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Tena Barnes Carraher, DAISY Foundation cofounder and board member, was in New Orleans to award ten Ochsner Medical Center-New Orleans nurses with the DAISY Award during an award ceremony hosted by Ochsner Health on October 18.

The prestigious DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses celebrates nurses internationally for their dedication, excellence in clinical care and compassion. Carraher and her family created the award to honor the legacy of her husband, Patrick Barnes, after his passing in 1999. It was the first program of its kind to give patients, families, and co-workers a way to express their gratitude to nurses for providing compassionate care to patients and their families. Licensed registered nurses, nursing faculty and nursing students are eligible for nomination. After submissions are blinded, honorees and award recipients are selected based on criteria established by their healthcare organization.

“To host a DAISY Ceremony for our Ochsner Health nurses with a DAISY Foundation board member in attendance is a prestigious honor and testament to the care our nurses provide daily. Our nurses go above and beyond to care for our patients when they are at their most vulnerable, providing an unmatched level of comfort and compassion. It is a privilege to work alongside each of our clinicians,” said Tiffany Murdock, system vice president, chief nursing officer, Ochsner Health.

DAISY Awards were presented to the following Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans nurses:

  • Larrie Arceneaux, RN, post operative surgical services (POSS)
  • Meg E Darre, RN, ear, nose, & throat (ENT) clinic
  • Nicole Fajardo, RN, day of surgery center (DOSC)
  • Corey Gilpin, RN, transplant stepdown unit (TSU)
  • Renee Guido, RN, medical intensive care unit (MICU)
  • Danielle LaCour, RN, pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)
  • Caitlin Miller, RN, surgical intensive care unit (SICU)
  • Bhakti Patel, RN, cardiac stepdown unit (CSU)
  • Daniel Schulingkamp III, RN, day of surgery center (DOSC)
  • Amy Vanzo, RN, day of surgery center (DOSC)

Recipients of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses have demonstrated that they have made a difference in the life of a patient, family or colleague that has made a lasting impression. Honorees receive recognition and access to a lifetime of DAISY benefits designed for career advancement, including reduced tuition for continuing education, professional engagement and well-being benefits. Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans hosts quarterly DAISY award ceremonies. For more information about The DAISY Foundation visit


About Ochsner Health

Ochsner Health is the leading not-for-profit healthcare provider in the Gulf South, delivering expert care at its 46 hospitals and more than 370 health and urgent care centers. For 12 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has recognized Ochsner as the No. 1 hospital in Louisiana. Additionally, Ochsner Children’s has been recognized as the No. 1 hospital for kids in Louisiana for three consecutive years. Ochsner inspires healthier lives and stronger communities through a combination of standard-setting expertise, quality and connection not found anywhere else in the region. In 2023, Ochsner Health cared for more than 1.5 million people from every state in the nation and 65 countries. Ochsner’s workforce includes more than 38,000 dedicated team members and over 4,700 employed and affiliated physicians. To learn more about how Ochsner empowers people to get well and stay well, visit