Thank a Nurse

Extraordinary Nurses Deserve a DAISY Award

An outstanding nurse who goes the extra mile can make all the difference. If you had an extraordinary nurse, we encourage you to nominate him/her for a DAISY Award. This award honors the very special work nurses do every day to care for our patients.
The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation – an organization for the elimination of diseases attacking the immune system – in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes’ parents established the foundation in their son’s memory because they had experienced firsthand the skills and compassionate care of many nurses.
There are 4,650 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing in all 50 states and 28 other countries committed to honoring nurses with the DAISY Award. SwedishAmerican Health System is proud to be among the hospitals recognizing and honoring their extraordinary nurses. This award program offers patients, families and professional colleagues a way to honor nurses for all they do.
Each DAISY Award honoree is recognized at a public ceremony in their unit and receives a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture called the “A Healer’s Touch.”

Nominate a Nurse


Frequently Asked Questions

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

We honor RNs and nurses with advanced degrees/advance practice nurses who care for patients, providing direct care. 

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.

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.

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.”