Nominate a Nurse for a DAISY Award

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). For more than 20 years, The DAISY Foundation has recognized the compassion and skills that direct care nurses provide to their patients each and every day. The DAISY Award ® for Extraordinary Nurses honors the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day and since its inception in 1999, The DAISY Foundation has honored more than 177,000 nurses across the world.

LeaderStat is proud to announce that we have partnered with the DAISY Foundation to honor our wonderful travel nurses and interim nurse leaders! Our dedicated nurses travel all over the country, stepping into buildings during times of crisis. They provide top-of-the-line care while filling in critical staffing gaps. They help to relieve overworked full-time staff, which may lead to preventing burnout and compassion fatigue. And for that, we want to express our continued appreciation and gratitude.

A meaningful way to spotlight a healthcare worker that goes above and beyond is to nominate them for a DAISY.

The following healthcare professionals can be nominated for a DAISY Award:

Additionally, students and faculty can also be nominated for their stellar performance.

Can I nominate someone for a DAISY Award?
YES! Nomination forms are accepted from anyone who experiences, or observes, a nurse providing extraordinary, compassionate care,

  • Patients (or family member/loved one of a patient)
  • Someone working at a healthcare organization
  • A nurse’s coworker (clinical or non-clinical)
  • Recruiters
  • Anyone else!

What happens after I nominate someone?
A committee reviews each nomination form and selects several winners each quarter.

DAISY Award recipients are honored in a big way. They receive a DAISY pin that they can wear on their badge or lanyard. They also receive a copy of their nomination, as well as a note from a Nurse Manager or Chief Nursing Officer.

During the award presentation, patients and family members are invited. The recipient’s nurse manager will read the nomination aloud, and a celebration with peers will follow. Honorees also receive a Healer’s Touch sculpture, which is meant to symbolize the special relationship between a nurse and patient.

We’ve seen stories of DAISY honoree celebrations where the nurse is extremely surprised and responds with, “I didn’t do anything special; I was just doing my job.” The DAISY Award is meant to help nurses see themselves as their patients do – as truly extraordinary, caring humans who deserve the recognition.

I want to nominate a nurse!
Do you know a LeaderStat travel nurse or interim nurse leader who should be honored for their unwavering commitment to providing compassionate care? Would you like to nominate them for a DAISY Award? If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, please complete this form.

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