DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

National DAISY Award Program Recognizes Excellence in Nursing Care

The national DAISY Foundation was formed in Seattle in November 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). The nursing care Patrick received when hospitalized profoundly touched his family so they wanted to create an award program that recognized nurses across the nation. The name DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.

According to the foundation, The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses honors the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day.  

Carilion Roanoke Memorial and Community hospitals learned about DAISY through their connections with Magnet and GetWellNetwork. Leaders embrace the concept of providing others with an opportunity to recognize exceptional nurses and are eager to celebrate the care and compassion of employees.

Nurses can be nominated by patients, patients’ families, coworkers and others who witness their extraordinary nursing care. Award winners receive:

  • A certificate in a handsome portfolio, proclaiming the recipient an "Extraordinary Nurse."

  • A DAISY Award pin.

  • A unique, hand-carved serpentine stone sculpture from Zimbabwe, entitled "A Healer's Touch.”

  • A Spotlight page on the DAISY Foundation website, featuring a photo and telling the story of why the nurse was honored.

  • Internal recognition via Inside Carilion and other communication channels. 

If you would like to nominate a nurse, you can do so online here: https://carilion.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_e36KDjfhNGYPaU5.


To learn more about the DAISY Award, visit http://daisyfoundation.org/daisy-award.