About The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students
Reminding nursing students, even on their hardest days in school, why they became a nurse.
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DAISY Student Honorees receive a certificate, pin, and Healer's Touch sculpture
Why The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students Was Created
Nursing School is….challenging, overwhelming, rewarding. It requires excellent time management skills, sacrifice and commitment. Students are acquiring skills that will impact the life and health of others, mastery is all you will accept. Nursing school is competitive. The pressures associated with class load, clinicals, exams and job availability can make it easy for students to lose sight of the art of caring while learning the science of nursing.
And yet they don't. Students with a true calling to nursing never lose sight of the fact that they are treating a human being who needs all the sensitivity and compassion they can bring to them while they are in the height of emotion and most vulnerable.
The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students was created recognize and celebrate nursing students for the above-and-beyond care and compassion shown to patients and their families.
What is The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students?
The DAISY Foundation, as part of its service to the nursing profession's role in patient care, established the this Student Award to provide colleges/schools of nursing a national recognition program that they may use to recognize and celebrate nursing students who demonstrate commitment to care and compassion and make the nurse-patient connection that makes such a difference in the healthcare experience.
The DAISY Foundation hopes that this program will inspire and motivate students to provide the best clinical skill possible and to impact patients and families with human spirit and kindness.
In creating The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students, there were three elements we wanted to ensure our recognition program included:
- A partnership with schools to provide on-going recognition
- Flexibility so that the award may be tailored to each school’s unique culture and values
- A turn-key program, with The DAISY Foundation providing most everything you need to implement the award program.
Planning and Implementing The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students Program
The first step is to fill out our request more information form. Your DAISY regional contact will email you a letter of introduction that provides details on who runs the program, how to plan and implement at your school and cost. They will also be in touch to gauge interest and set up a phone conference or webinar to answer additional questions or provide additional information.
Should you decide to move forward, the next step to fill out our online commitment form. This provides us with main points of contact at your school, frequency of award and estimated start date. 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 regional DAISY contact 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 supplies will be emailed; once it’s paid we will ship your supplies for the year.
We look forward to working with you to honor your extraordinary nursing students!
The first DAISY Student Honoree at UPMC Shadyside, Billy Kegg,
with Associate Director Joanne Vukotich and Dean Linda Kmetz
We are forever grateful to the University of Iowa Association of Student Nurses who brought the concept of The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students to the Foundation. Here are Honoree Jasmine Kayvani and Nominees Cailey Carson, Katie Curran, Michelle Logli, Kelsey Rasmussen, David Villanueva, Kirsten Varmen, and Emma Carroll.