DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses

DAISY Award honorees personify Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota’s remarkable patient experiences. 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.

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 is proud to be a DAISY Award Hospital Partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor every month.

DAISY Award Criteria

DAISY Award recipients exemplify the kind of nurse that our patients, their families, and our staff recognize as an outstanding role model. She/he consistently meets the following criteria:

  • Provides compassionate care in alignment with Children’s nursing values:
    • Excellence
    • Innovation
    • Stewardship
    • Integrity
  • Demonstrates partnerships of mutual respect, caring, and collaboration among families and colleagues as exemplified by Children’s Service Standards
  • Provides care that is family-centered, holistic, developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive — creating an extraordinary experience

The Professional Development Council reviews nominations and selects award winners.

How to Nominate an Extraordinary Nurse

Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians, and employees may nominate a deserving nurse by completing the DAISY Award nomination form.

The DAISY Award Honoree

Each DAISY Award Honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in her/his patient care area and will receive:

  • A beautiful certificate
  • A DAISY Award pin
  • A hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch
  • Unit-wide celebration with Cinnabon® 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.

Learn more about the DAISY Foundation.


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