Implementing The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurse Educators in the Academic Setting

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurse Educators provides colleges/schools of nursing an international recognition program that they may use to demonstrate appreciation to their nursing faculty for their commitment and inspirational influence on their students.

In light of the nursing faculty shortage, The DAISY Foundation is confident that given the evidence of the importance of meaningful recognition, this program will contribute to:

  • Nurse Educator retention and engagement
  • A more positive work environment

This award is:

  • A partnership with schools of nursing to provide ongoing recognition of educators to be all-inclusive, including your Faculty, Clinical Educators, Simulation Educators, and Professional Development Educators
  • A program ensuring all nursing faculty have the opportunity to be recognized, with a selection process that is transparent, unbiased, and fair.
  • Provides guided implementation and ongoing support including an online resource center with templates, tools and best practices.

Suggested Criteria:

  • Serves as a role model and mentor for professional nursing.
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm for teaching, learning, and nursing that inspires and motivates students.
  • Demonstrates interest in and respect for learners.
  • Uses personal attributes (e.g., caring, confidence, patience, integrity and flexibility) that facilitate professional growth.
  • Is fair and unbiased in his/her treatment of individual students.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Develops collaborative working relationships with students and colleagues.

Presenting the Award:

DAISY presentations are meant to be joyful occasions. We propose that the presentation occurs in a location that allows recipients to be surrounded and celebrated by their peers and students. The recognition ceremony, coordinated by the DAISY Committee, can be a surprise for the recipient and often occurs at graduation, a pinning ceremony, in the classroom, a faculty retreat, or another public event.

The package for the DAISY Award for Nurse Educators includes:

  • Award certificate (this is a PowerPoint slide that will be emailed)
  • DAISY Foundation portfolio for the award certificate
  • DAISY Educator Honoree Pin
  • Healer's Touch sculpture

Planning and Implementing The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurse Educators Program

The first step for a school of nursing is to fill out our “request more information form”.  The DAISY Program Director for your region will email you a letter of introduction that provides details on how to plan and implement the program at your school, forming a committee, and the cost of the program for your institution. They will also be in touch to gauge your interest and set up a phone conference or webinar to answer your questions or provide additional information.

Should you decide to move forward with The DAISY Award, for Extraordinary Nurse Educators, the next step is to fill out our online commitment form. This provides us with the main points of contact at your school, the number of awards per year you will present, your estimated start date, and everything we need to help you get started.  Once we receive this form:

We will email you the login and password to our online Resource Center which contains an implementation guide, sample criteria, nomination form templates, marketing materials for your program and much more.

Your Program Director will be in touch to set up a date/time for a welcome webinar with your DAISY Committee who will be coordinating the award program.

An invoice for the first year of DAISY Gifts will be emailed. Once it’s paid, we will ship your gifts for the year.

Get started here!

Request More Information Form

Commitment Form