Want to Thank Your Nurse for Extraordinary Care?

The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses

The Dream Team has the privilege of honoring one of our own nurses with the DAISY Award. The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skills and compassionate care given every day.

The Dream Team


"A Healer's Touch" - symbolizing the relationship
between nurses, patients, and families


What is the DAISY Foundation?

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

Read more about why they started The DAISY Foundation.



What is the DAISY Award?

As Patrick’s family, we brainstormed what to do in his memory. 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(R) For Extraordinary Nurses (The DAISY Award) - to honor the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day.

In creating The DAISY Award, there were three elements we wanted to ensure our recognition program included:

  1. A partnership with healthcare organizations to provide on-going recognition
    of the clinical skill and especially the compassion nurses provide to
    patients and families all year long
  2. Flexibility so that The DAISY Award may be tailored to each hospital’s unique culture and values.
  3. A turn-key program with The DAISY Foundation providing most everything you need to implement The DAISY Award.


The Impact of Nurse Recognition on Patient Care



Nominate a Nurse for The DAISY Award

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Previous Award Honorees

May 2016 Daisy Award Honoree
Hazel Camungao, RN - ICU

September 2016 Daisy Award Honoree
Carmen Bonilla-Rivera, RN - ACU

May 2017 Daisy Award Honoree
Emolinda Tsosie-Nez, RN - ER

October 2017 Daisy Award Honoree
Rantreva Peaches, RN - OB

November 2018 Daisy Award Honoree
Stephanie Tisi, RN - ACU