Roxie Rupiper Receives DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Roxie Rupiper, RN, was named the Daisy Award recipient this year, being nominated by two co-workers at Audubon County Memorial Hospital & Clinics.

Roxie has been a nurse at Audubon County Memorial Hospital since March 2015. Roxie currently works full-time in the Medical-Surgical and Emergency Department. She has been in nursing since 1980 – as both an LPN and RN. Prior to starting at ACMH, Roxie worked in various nursing roles including Medical-Surgical, ER, Peds, Surgery, and as a school nurse.

DAISY Award recipients are nurses who exemplify the nursing values of Extraordinary Compassion, Courage, Integrity, in every situation. These individuals consistently demonstrate excellence in the delivery of patient care and promotion of their professional nursing practice.

Some of the comments made in her nominations include:

  • “Roxie exhibits pure care and kindness and never complains, she always walks into her patients rooms with a smile and a caring voice”.
  • “Roxie listens and goes above and beyond for her patients”
  • “I look up to her and would trust her to take care of myself and any member of my family”
  • “There are so many incidents that could be mentioned about the quality of care that Roxie provides, she is well informed about the patient she is providing care and makes every attempt to meet their needs”.
  • “She is helpful to ancillary staff, and has energy like no other!”
  • “Her attitude is always positive and any criticism she has is constructive- she is well deserving of this honor”.

“I have only been her manager for a short time, but have also quickly developed an appreciation of Roxie’s contagious warmth, quick humor, and fun-loving personality.” Stated Lisa Paulsen, Chief Nursing Officer. “As I watch Roxie go about her day, you can see that she enjoys delivering patient care. She can make her patient light up with a smile when she talks to them, and they know that she will try to meet their needs and give them quality care. Roxie exemplifies what a nurse is; kind, always compassionate, smart, and calm under pressure.


The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP), thus g

iving name to the award “Diseases Attacking the Immune System” DAISY. Patrick’s family was completely awestruck by the care and compassion that they and Patrick were shown during his 8-week illness that they wanted to say THANK YOU to nurses.

In Patrick’s Honor, the DAISY Award is now in over 2,400+ healthcare facilities in all 50 states, and in 15 different countries, all of whom are committed to honoring their nurses with The DAISY Award.