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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: 10/25/2014
Nurse's Name*:
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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
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DAISY Award Winner October 2014

Cindy Helminski

Cindy was nominated by a nurse colleague on her unit. A patient with complications following surgery required a device that is used infrequently, even in the critical care area. The device requires nurses caring for the patient use critical thinking skills, quick judgments, and actions that are necessary in delivering care to patients with the device. Cindy, experienced in caring for patients with the device, was called and agreed to come in for an extra shift. She managed the patient's care and facilitated showing other critical care nurses the essentials of caring for patients with this device. She picked up other additional shifts to continue guiding other nurses on this specialized equipment.
The nomination noted that in addition to meeting the patient's needs and going above and beyond so other nurses could gain experience, Cindy met the needs of the family - calming their fears and helping them understand the complex information related to their mother's care.

Cindy, you are the October DAISY Nurse! Your peers appreciate your willingness to share your clinical skills and expertise.

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