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DAISY - Frequently Asked Questions

DAISY - Frequently Asked Questions

DAISY - Frequently Asked Questions

Daisy Award
"Healer's Touch"

Q:  What does "DAISY"mean?

A:  DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.  The DAISY Foundation (The Foundation) was formed in January, 2000, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP).  His widow,  Tena (a DAISY Co-Founder) came up with the acronym.

Q:  What is the DAISY Award?

A:  "As Patrick's family, we brainstormed what to do in his memory and we vividly recalled the skillful and compassionate care Patrick received from his nurses during his eight-week hospitalization.  We wanted to say "thank you!" to nurses everywhere by establishing a recognition program - The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses - to honor the super-human work nurses do every day at the bedside."

Q:  What does a nurse who wins The DAISY Award receive?

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

  • A certificate held in a leather holder, proclaiming the recipient an "Extraordinary Nurse."
  • A DAISY Award pin.
  • A unique hand-carved serpentive stone sculpture from Zimbabwe, entitled "A Healer's Touch."
  • The nurse also receives a Cinnabon® roll at every presentation.  The reason?  One day Patrick ate his father's Cinnabon 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 on the unit.  Our message to every nurse present:  Whenever you smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, stop for a minute and think of how special you are because you are a nurse.  You may take for granted the things you do for your patients, but they surely do not.
  • A large celebratory banner that is hung 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.  Our Welcome Kit includes a detailed outline on how to present the Award.

Q:  How can a nurse be nominated for the DAISY Award?

A:  Nurses can be nominated by clicking on this link, filling out the form and submitting it or you can access the form by clicking on The Daisy Award link in the navigation on the left side of this page.  

Q:  How is a nurse chosen to receive The Daisy Award?

A:  A DAISY Award  is given to a deserving nurse of your choice each quarter, based on St. Mary's criteria established upon our Mission, Vision, Values.  The DAISY Award honors not only great clinical skills and leadership, but also strong patient care and compassion.

A.  Who is on the DAISY selection comittee?

A:  The selection committee is comprised of staff nurses and nursing directors from the Recruitment Retention and Recognition Council.

Q:  How will our hospital and our nurses benefit from The DAISY Award?

A:  There is a lot of literature about the impact of recognizing nurses on job satisfaction, commitment to one's organization and colleagues, and more.  Please read the literature review on the DAISY website for an indepth understanding of the work that has been done on the value of recognition.

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