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.