The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses



The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses recognizes the very special work nurses do every day. It was established by the DAISY Foundation – an organization for the elimination of diseases attacking the immune system – in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.

Barnes’ parents established the foundation in their son’s memory because they had experienced firsthand the skills and compassionate care of many nurses. The award is given quarterly to outstanding nurses in more than 315 hospitals across the country. The DAISY Foundation asked if they could bring this national award program to our hospital.

St. Jude is proud to be among those recognized hospitals.

This award program offers patients, families, and professional colleagues a way to honor nurses for all they do. Mike Patterson, board member of the DAISY Foundation and father of a former St. Jude patient, expressed his appreciation for the remarkable care his daughter received during her treatment. He views this award as an opportunity to recognize the nurses who provided her care.

DAISY Award honorees personify the remarkable patient care experience at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

These nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary, compassionate care. They are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community.

Nominate an extraordinary nurse.