The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses

The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses 

Nominate a Nurse for the Daisy Award 

If you know a nurse with Tift Regional Health System (TRHS) who deserves special recognition, nominate that nurse for a Daisy Award.   Click on the link below.   Please tell us your name, phone number and email address.  Give us the name of the nurse along with his/her department, unit or clinic location.   Briefly describe how this nurse exemplifies compassionate and skillful care.  Your nomination will be sent to a special committee for review and consideration.  

What is the Daisy Award?

An acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem, The DAISY Foundation was formed in 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.

The family of J. Patrick Barnes vividly recalled the skillful and compassionate care Patrick received from his nurses during his eight-week hospitalization.  The family wanted to say “thank you” to nurses everywhere by establishing a recognition program with hospitals around the country.  The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses  is designed to honor the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day. 

What do Daisy Award recipients receive?

DAISY Award recipients are nominated by their peers, physicians, patients and families, and other staff and administrators to receive:

  • A certificate held 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 this nurse was honored.

All the nurses and staff in the recipient's unit are treated to cinnamon rolls at every presentation. The reason?  Once, Patrick ate his father’s cinnamon roll when he was in the hospital without an appetite for food.  He then requested one for the next day - and enough for all the nurses in the unit.

A large celebratory banner is also displayed in the recipient's unit for a month, generating very positive conversation about the special role nurses play in patient care. The presentation generally takes place in the nurse’s unit, often as a surprise to the honoree. 

For more information, please visit the DAISY Foundation website.