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 For Extraordinary Nurses (The DAISY Award). Through this and other recognition programs, we 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:
- 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.
- Flexibility so that The DAISY Award may be tailored to each hospital’s unique culture and values.
- A turn-key program with The DAISY Foundation providing most everything you need to implement The DAISY Award.
The DAISY Award Today
We never imagined when we created this program in 1999 that today, there would be over 4,800 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing in all 50 states and nearly 30 other countries, committed to honoring nurses with The DAISY Award. The strategic impact of the program on nurses and their organizations is deep, affecting nurses' job satisfaction, retention, teamwork, pride, organizational culture, healthy work environment, and more.
Nurses are nominated by anyone in the organization - patients, family members, other nurses, physicians, other clinicians and staff - anyone who experiences or observes extraordinary compassionate care being provided by a nurse.
How do organizations embed The DAISY Award in their cultures? Read an exemplar: Supporting Recognition of Clinical Nurses with The DAISY Award (Journal of Nursing Administration (JONA) and view these examples: Henry Ford Hospital - Detroit and Ideas to Celebrate DAISY throughout the year.
If your facility is on the journey to Magnet® or Pathway to Excellence® designation, please see how DAISY is a perfect fit for your documentation:
Please read the testimonials of DAISY Coordinators who run the program and nurses who have been honored with The DAISY Award by going to our Testimonials page.
A Family of DAISY Honors
The DAISY Team Award: Honoring collaboration by two or more people, led by a nurse, who identify and meet patient and family needs by going above and beyond the traditional role of nursing.
The DAISY Nurse Leader Award: Honoring Nurse Managers, Directors and others who create an environment where compassionate care thrives.
Benefits for Healthcare Systems
There are numerous benefits to honoring nurses in all facilities of a healthcare system. Click here to read about them.
Benefits and Opportunities for DAISY Honorees
Why Do Nurses Say, "I didn't do anything special?"
We are always taken aback by the humility of nurses who receive The DAISY Award because of an extraordinary act of compassion or a relationship they have created with a patient that truly made a difference. So often, these DAISY Honorees respond to their recognition with, "But I didn't do anything special. I was just doing my job." We want to help nurses see in themselves what their patients, families, and colleagues see in them and to help them learn the behaviors that make such a powerful difference. Because of this, we co-authored an article with Mary Koloroutis, MSN, RN, President of Creative Health Care Management, entitled Inspiring Nurses to See the Extraordinary in Their Ordinary. We hope you will enjoy reading it!
Click here to ask for more information about The DAISY Award for your organization.
Do You Want to Nominate a Nurse for The DAISY Award?
If you have been the recipient of extraordinary care by a nurse and would like to nominate her or him, please click here to find your location and be directed to their nomination form.