By Mindy Longhurst
Image of Riley Mattson receiving her DAISY In Training Award.
The DAISY Foundation is a non-profit organization, established in 1999, by the family of Patrick Barnes. Barnes died from complications of the auto-immune disease, Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (or ITP,) at the age of 33. Like many families that experience loss, the Barnes family decided to do something positive to honor him. After his death, the Barnes family founded DAISY—an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System—to thank nurses who cared for Barnes and recognize exceptional nurses around the world.
The DAISY In Training Award is given to an extraordinary nursing student twice a year at the College of Nursing at Brigham Young University. Riley received nine nominations for the award by her fellow students. One student says, “Riley is one of the most compassionate and loving people I know. She is consumed with the light of Christ and shares that light with everyone around her. Riley serves others with a pure love every day.” Another student claims, “Riley is one of the nicest girls I know. She has a genuine interest in everyone around her, whether they are patients or fellow students. I was in her clinical group for our pediatric rotation and I remember that after she spent a day in the Neurotrauma unit at Primary Children’s, she told us about how she had cared for a young girl who was in a lot of discomfort and whose family and nurse weren’t working to comfort her. She sat with the patient on the edge of the bed and comforted her, showing care for the patient and also modeling for the patient’s family how to provide reassuring care for the patient. This is just one example of Riley going above and beyond to show love and care for the people she’s surrounded by.”
Image of Mattson with her family.
Other students explain that she has a “contagious smile” and that her positive attitude is what keeps them going throughout the day. Mattson received the award at the annual scholarly works conference on Monday October 15, 2018. Mattson feels honored to be nominated to receive such an award and continues to look forward and do her best to exemplify Christ in everything she does.
Watch our video about Mattson earning the DAISY In Training Award: https://youtu.be/lOCvnydOEBw