The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Henry Community Health is a participant in the international DAISY award program recognizing and celebrating nurses.

The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem) Award honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day. The DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of the auto-immune disease ITP in 1999. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family. When he died, they felt compelled to say “thank you” to nurses in a very public way.

Each DAISY Award Honoree is recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit and receives: 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.

Patients, family members and fellow Care Team members are encouraged to nominate an RN for this award which is made quarterly.

Criteria for being nominated for the DAISY award at Henry Community Health is:

  1.  Professionalism and compassion for
        nursing and the care provided
  2.  Empathy in the situation
  3.  Trust in and teamwork with family, patient
        and peers
  4.  Admirable attributes possessed
  5. Lasting connection formed with the patient
       and his/her family
  6. Selflessness in the situation

Download a DAISY Award Nomination Form here to nominate an RN who went above and beyond for your care.


© DAISY Foundation 2016