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DAISY Award Nomination

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses recognizes and celebrates the clinical skill and compassionate care of the "super-human work nurses do every day." It was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died of an auto-immune disease (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System). The award represents their heartfelt appreciation to nurses for the important difference they make in all the lives they touch.

The DAISY Award is presented in medical facilities throughout the United States. Hospitals participate with the DAISY Foundation and find the award offers on-going opportunity to honor nurses. DAISY Award recipients are nominated by their nurse administrators, peers, physicians, patients and families to receive the DAISY. The DAISY nurse receives a handsomely presented certificate, which reads "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people," a special DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved Shona sculpture entitled "A Healer's Touch." Also provided is a big, celebratory banner that is hung in the recipient's unit for a month, generating lots of very positive conversation about the special role nurses play in patient care. Since every nurse who receives the DAISY Award agrees that their entire team is very deserving of recognition and that it takes a team to provide great patient care, all the nurses and staff in the recipient's unit are treated to Cinnabon cinnamon rolls.

An NCH nurse will be selected to receive the DAISY Award every month. To nominate a nurse, just tell us a story about why they are an outstanding nurse. Each month's NCH DAISY nurse is recognized on this page, and every nominated nurse receives a daisy-shaped pin in recognition of being an exemplary nurse. Each nurse will also receive a copy of the nomination.

DAISY Award Nomination Form

I would like to nominate the following nurse as a deserving recipient of the DAISY Award. This nurse exemplifies the kind of nurse that the patients and families, as well as other nurses, physicians and other members of the healthcare team at NCH recognize as an outstanding role model. The following example highlights a story about this nurse that demonstrates why she/he deserves the DAISY Award. Please share your story.

Date Submitted: 08/20/2014
Nurse's Name*:
Share Your Story*:
Additionally, this nurse exhibits the following highly valued qualities and attributes:
(check all that apply):
Excellent interpersonal skills
Excellent clinical skills
Shows empathy in all situations
Excellent assessment skills
Excellent decision-making capabilities
Compassionate patient and family-centered care
Excellent educator for patients and their families
Collaborates well with physicians
Collaborates well with coworkers
Your Name*:
Phone Number:
Submitting As:
If Other, specify:

DAISY Award Winner July 2014

Aurelia Reyes

Aurelia was nominated by a patient who opened his submission noting that he believed that Aurelia was truly an angel. Aurelia gave him unbelievable care during the several days he spent in the Critical Care Unit. The patient shared some of his challenging needs and said Aurelia was kind, gentle, compassionate, understanding, and just plain wonderful in caring for him. The patient felt comforted as each time he needed assistance, Aurelia reassured him by saying, "Don't worry, you will be okay."
The patient said that Aurelia truly deserves the DAISY Award for going above and beyond expectations or even more, suggesting she should receive a medal of honor. He also noted that Aurelia was cheerful, encouraging, and attentive to his every need.

Congratulations Aurelia! You are the NCH July DAISY nurse. Your patients appreciate your kindness and compassion to support them while in the hospital.

The form will be submitted to Vicky Goeddeke -

For questions you can contact Vicky Goeddeke at 847-618-7987

To learn more about the DAISY Foundation, go to

Last Updated 2014/6/1