The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

About the DAISY Foundation

nullThe 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 the age of 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. So one of the goals they set in creating a Foundation in 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 everyday.

What is the DAISY Award?

The DAISY Award is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses everyday. Broadlawns Medical Center is proud to be a DAISY Award Hospital Partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor every quarter.

To find out more about the program, including the growing list of Hospital Partners, please visit

Each DAISY Award honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in their unit and will receive: a beautiful certificate, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch. Additionally, every one in the unit will celebrate with cinnamon treats – 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.

Who is Eligible for the DAISY Award?

DAISY Award recipients personify Broadlawns Medical Center’s remarkable patient experience. These individuals consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care, and they are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community. They consistently demonstrates all of the following values:

  • Enthusiasm

  • Integrity

  • Excellence

  • Caring

  • Respect

  • Creativity

How to Nominate an Extraordinary Nurse

Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians or employees may nominate a deserving nurse by clicking the "Nominate A Nurse" button below. Forms are also available in all Broadlawns nursing units.

Nominate A Nurse