Barquist receives DAISY Nurse Leader Award

Congratulations to Kara Barquist, MSN, RN, CCRN, nurse manager on the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU), for receiving the third annual DAISY Nurse Leader Award.

Following are several testimonials from her colleagues, excerpted from her nomination by Lauren Maus, BSN, RN, CCRN, and Brianne Fowler, MSN, RN, CCRN, CVICU assistant nurse managers:

“Recently, Kara was on her way out for the day and was stopped by a family member who was visibly upset. She could have continued to leave the unit but instead stopped to ensure she was able to address his concerns. She spent time with the patient’s husband hearing his concerns and seeking to truly understand where they were coming from. Instead of waiting to follow up with the nursing team, she immediately connected with the nurses involved and provided the feedback to allow them the opportunity to improve the situation. It did not bother Kara that she was leaving over an hour past her scheduled shift. This situation is only one example of how Kara puts others’ needs first, regardless of the circumstance.

“As the nurse manager of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, Kara has a genuine concern for the well-being of her staff, the patients, and her community. Kara works tirelessly to ensure her staff has the education and equipment they need to provide optimal safe patient care. Working in an ICU environment can be very demanding and tiresome for front-line staff. Kara has worked hard to create a great work culture in CVICU to help build teamwork and staff retention. She does so by leading by example.

“After new graduate nurses start in CVICU, Kara is constantly informally checking in to see how they are feeling and progressing. On many occasions, staff come to her office needing some guidance on how to push through the difficulty of CVICU. Kara guides them to reflect on every experience and to take something home every day and reminds staff that we are always learning.

“Kara holds herself and the nursing profession to a high standard. She is truly proud to be a nurse.”

Find the DAISY Award nomination form on the Recognize Someone page.

Emily Ward, BSN, RN, MBA, CENP, CCRN-K, Kara Barquist, MSN, RN, CCRN, Cindy Dawson, MSN, RN, CORLN, and John Swenning, RN, MBA, CENP

Kara Barquist, MSN, RN, CCRN, and the CVICU team


  1. Could not have gone to better deserving Nurse Manager than Kara. She has always been a joy to interact with and always has her staff and patient safety in her thoughts!!! Way to go Kara!!!

  2. This is Awesome, so glad to see this you deserve it for all your neat innovative ideas! You are amazing! I am constantly learning from you as a leader. Congrats!

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