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Q: What Is the DAISY Award?

A: DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The Foundation was established in January 2000, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died from complication of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the young age of 33. For more information, see

Q: Who can nominate?

A: Patient, families, department managers, employees or physicians may nominate a deserving nurse.

Q: Who can be nominated?

A: Nurses (RNs) including PCTs, HUCs and HUTs

Q: How do I nominate?

A: Fill out a DAISY Award nomination form. Send nominations to Or, complete a hard copy nomination form and drop it in one of the DAISY collection boxes located throughout the hospital.

Q: What is the award criteria?

A: The nominees must possess the following qualities:

  • Compassionate Care–defined as comforting, empathetic, being present with the patient, spending time with the patient, non-judgmental, communicating by listening and being sensitive.
  • Skill/Clinical Competence–defined as displaying excellent skills and competency for patient care with no disciplinary process in place (i.e., PIR, PIP).
  • Role Modeling–defined as providing great care, willing to teach the patient what is good for them, respected by coworkers, understands and practices teamwork, approachable, great attitude-by example, having confidence and being a patient advocate

Q: How is the winner selected?

A: The DAISY Award committee will select the winner of the DAISY award every month. During a special ceremony, the recipient will receive a certificate, a DAISY Award signature lapel pin, and hand-carved stone sculpture entitled “A Healer’s Touch.”

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