The DAISY Award
The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses
The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary compassionate and skillful care given by nurses every day. Clay County Hospital is proud to be a DAISY Award Partner that recognizes nurses with this special honor each year.
“The DAISY Foundation, created to express gratitude by a family that experienced extraordinary nursing, is the leader in meaningful recognition of nurses.”
About the DAISY Foundation
An acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem, The DAISY Foundation was formed 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.
They wanted to say “thank you” to nurses everywhere by establishing a recognition program, The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses (The DAISY Award). Through this and other recognition programs, they honor the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day.
How are Nurses recognized?
Each DAISY Award Honoree will be recognized with a beautiful certificate, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch.
Additionally, everyone in the unit will celebrate with cinnamon rolls – a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness. The Barnes Family asks that whenever and wherever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment and think about how special they are.
How to Nominate a Nurse
Patients, family members, physicians, caregivers, co-workers, and staff may nominate a deserving Clay County Hospital or Medical Clinic Nurse by filling out this form and submitting it to Nursing Administration. Nominations received by end of current year will be considered for the following year’s DAISY Award.