Advantage Selects Dallas-Based DAISY Award Winner
Advantage continues to celebrate extraordinary nurses with their latest DAISY winner, Karen Baber, an RN currently based in Dallas.
A Passion For Nursing
Ever since she was young, Karen Baber, RN, knew what she wanted to do when she grew up. “My sister and I used to play doctor and nurse. She’d be the doctor and I was the nurse,” she said. Now in her fifth year of travel nursing, Karen has won one of the most coveted awards in the profession—the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
“I was having a challenging day when I found out. It was a stressful day at work and then I heard about the award and it just lifted me. It made my day!” Nominated for her stellar work at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Flower Mound, Karen has gained a reputation for good cheer and positivity.
An Exemplary Nurse
“Karen is the type of RN we strive to provide to our clients,” said Crystal Donaghey, Advantage’s Branch Manager in Dallas. Multiple “Shining Star” testimonials from her patients attest to Karen’s demeanor. “She held my hand when I desperately needed a hand to hold,” said one. “Karen was calm and took great care of Mom. Her kindness meant everything to me” said another.
When asked how she manages to keep such a positive attitude, Karen credited meditation, exercise, and self-care. “I make sure that I’m taking care of me so I can take care of other people. You’ve got to leave work at work and focus on the positive.” She also cited the encouragement she gets from Advantage: “Crystal is amazing as far as support.”
Karen loves the freedom that travel nursing brings. “You get to go to pretty cool places. You definitely work, but your play is awesome.” Karen has worked in New York City, South Florida, Northern California, and even served for a time on a cruise ship. “That was totally amazing—a life-changing experience.”
Karen knows that the DAISY Award will likely be a boon to her career. “I’ve got to update my resume!” she said.
The DAISY Award
Known throughout the healthcare industry, the DAISY Award is one of nursing’s top honors, given to nurses who demonstrate compassion, skill, patient safety, and innovation.
Created in memory of Patrick Barnes, the award is bestowed by more than 2,000 healthcare facilities. While only a handful of staffing agencies confer DAISY Foundation honors, Advantage believes that recognizing and rewarding extraordinary performance is essential to good nursing.