DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses

Children’s Minnesota is proud to be a DAISY Award partner, recognizing our nurses with this special honor. DAISY Award honorees personify Children’s Minnesota’s passion for caring for the most amazing people on earth. These nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through their extraordinary compassionate care and clinical expertise, and they are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community. Nurses are nominated by anyone in the organization – patients, family members, other nurses, physicians, other clinicians and staff – anyone who experiences or observes extraordinary compassionate care being provided by a nurse. Please share your story to help us recognize and celebrate nurses who continually re-imagine what it means to provide the best health care.

What is the DAISY Award?

The DAISY Award is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the compassionate care and extraordinary clinical skill given by nurses. The award is given in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, whose family wanted to celebrate “extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people”. Children’s Minnesota is proud to be a DAISY Award hospital partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor every month.

DAISY award recognition

Each DAISY Award honoree will be recognized at a ceremony and receive:

  • A beautiful certificate
  • DAISY Award pin
  • A hand-carved stone sculpture entitled “A Healer’s Touch”. These serpentine stone sculptures are hand-carved for us by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. The sculptures are especially meaningful because of the profound respect the Shona people pay their traditional healers. Shona healers are affectionately regarded as treasures by those they care for, and the well-being and safety of the healer is of community-wide importance
  • Unit-wide celebration with cinnamon rolls, a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness.

About the DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at age 33. (DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system.) During Pat’s eight-week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to Pat but to everyone in his family.

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