DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

About the DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33.  (DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system.)

During Pat's 8-week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to Pat but to everyone in his family.  So one of the goals they set in creating a Foundation is Pat's memory was to recognize extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the super-human work they do every day.

What is the DAISY Award?

The DAISY Award is an international program that awards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day.  Greene County Medical Center is proud to be a DAISY Award partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor twice a year.

Honoree Recognition

Each DAISY Award honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in his/her unit and will receive a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled "A Healer's Touch."

Additionally, everyone in the unit will celebrate with Cinnabon||special174|| cinnamon rolls - a favorite of Patrick's during his illness.  The Barnes family asks that whenever and wherever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment and think about how special they are.

Criteria for Nomination

DAISY nurses:

  •  are consummate team players, and their colleagues feel working with them is a "gift."
  • don't "pass the buck."  They are decisive and involved, doing what is required and then some, often working outside their comfort zone when a situation necessitates.
  • know that "the little things" can make a big difference in their patients' care and outcomes.
  • not only listen with their ears, but with their hearts, as well.
  • know that taking the time for compassionate communication can help a family make a good decision for their loved one.  DAISY Award honorees in the busiest units often say to themselves "I have the time."
  • are the nurses about whom patients have written to health care organization administrators, "Every day she/he was my nurse was a 'good day.'"

Nominate an extraordinary nurse today!