The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses
DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at 33 of ITP, an auto-immune disease. The Barnes Family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created this national award to say thank you to nurses everywhere.
Anyone can nominate a nurse for the DAISY Award. Our DAISY Award committee selects one nurse who exemplifies the following characteristics biannually:
P – Passion/compassion for nursing and the care being provided – does the nomination show the nurse is passionate about nursing and compassionate in the situation?
E – Empathy in the situation – does the nurse show empathy toward the individual or situation in the nomination?
T – Trust and Teamwork of families, patient and peers – is there a sense of trust in the nurse conveyed in the nomination?
A – Admirable attributes possessed – are there some attributes that others would admire in this nurse conveyed in the nomination?
L – Love for the patient and nursing profession – with the nomination can you tell the nurse has a true love for the nursing profession?
S – Selflessness – is there any selflessness on the part of the nurse?
Each winner receives a nominee pin, a DAISY Award recipient pin, a Healer’s Touch hand carved statue and an award certificate. In addition, the selected nurse’s unit receives a banner to post until the next award is given and freshly baked cinnamon rolls for everyone on the day the award is presented.