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Honoring Outstanding Nurses
The DAISY Award

Celebrate and recognize the exceptional care and compassion of nurses with The DAISY Award. Anyone can nominate a deserving nurse who exemplifies clinical skills, empathy, and professionalism. Each month, one nurse is selected to receive a special award and recognition.

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Special connection with patient/family
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Made significant difference in patient's life
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Shows empathy in all situations
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Outstanding role model for nursing profession

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.

Logo of The DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses.

Anyone can nominate a nurse for The DAISY Award. The DAISY Award committee selects one nurse who exemplifies the following characteristics each month:

  • Established a special connection with a patient/family
  • Has significantly made a difference in the life of a patient
  • Shows empathy in all situations
  • Is an outstanding role model for the nursing profession
  • Generates enthusiasm and energy towards meeting the challenges of nursing
  • Consistently exhibits excellent interpersonal skills
  • Exemplifies the essence of professional nursing in all activities

Each month’s winner receives 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 for the month and freshly baked cinnamon rolls for everyone on the day the award is presented. Cinnamon rolls were one of Patrick’s favorite foods.

Daisy Nomination Form

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Anderson Regional Health System offers a wide range of medical services, including cancer, cardiac, pediatric, surgical, and trauma care. Our healthcare professionals are committed to improving the lives of those we serve.

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