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Krisan Blacken, RN, receives DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Congratulations to Krisan Blacken, RN, from Surgical Care at Cascade Valley Hospital

The  DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses is presented to nurses who have been nominated as an outstanding role model for their clinical skill and providing compassionate care.

Nurses who receive DAISY Awards consistently meet the following criteria:

  • Interacts with patients, families and staff in a professional and personable manner. 
  • Demonstrates excellent medical evaluation skills. 
  • Demonstrates excellent decision-making capabilities. 
  • Provides a consistent focus on meeting patient and family goals. 
  • Is thoughtful and caring in all situations. 
  • Works well with all members of the healthcare team. 
  • Demonstrates consistent use of the nursing process in patient care. 
  • Excellent educator of patients and their families. 
  • Generates enthusiasm and energy towards meeting the challenges of nursing. 

Read the story included on Krisan's nomination form: 

Krisan Blacken, Daisy

"I have been very lucky to have Krisan Blacken as my 3rd floor Med/Surg nurse when I have had to have many outpatient surgeries. EVERY TIME, Krisan has an amazing gift of bedside manner and her ability to calm me, every time. Yesterday, was my 101st surgery and I can honestly tell you she is one of the top 3 nurses I have ever had. She is extraordinary, excellent, polite, kind to me and my family, and an amazing nurse as she gets my IV in one shot every time! Krisan makes a junky event like surgery - oh so much better! That takes someone special. Thank you Krisan from the bottom of my heart. The world would be so much better with more nurses/humans like you in it! As a previous trauma nurse – I know!"

Note: This is Krisan's 2nd DAISY Award!

Congratulations, Krisan! Thank you for your hard work and commitment to providing quality and compassionate care to our patients. We are proud to have you on our team at Skagit Regional Health!

To learn more about the DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses and to nominate an inpatient nurse, visit

About The Healer's Touch statue: The statues awarded to DAISY Award® nominees are individually crafted by people in a town of Zimbabwe. The purchase of the statues is an essential financial support for that community.  Click here to learn more about the meaning and significance of The Healer's Touch statue and why it's a part of every DAISY Award® given.