The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

St. Jude recognizes the exceptional work nurses do every day.

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses recognizes the special work that nurses do every day. This award program offers patients, families and colleagues a way to honor nurses. The program also increases nurses' job satisfaction, retention, teamwork, pride, organizational culture and a healthy work environment.

The award is given quarterly to outstanding nurses in more than 3,000 healthcare facilities and nursing schools across the United States and 18 other countries. St. Jude is proud to be among those recognized hospitals.

We encourage patients, caregivers and staff to nominate an extraordinary nurse who has exhibited clinical expertise, compassionate care and leadership as an outstanding role model in the nursing community.

DAISY Award honorees personify the remarkable patient care experience at St. Jude. These nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary, compassionate care. They are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community.

— Mike Patterson, DAISY Foundation Board Member and father of a former St. Jude patient

 

DAISY Award Rewards

In addition to the recognition a nurse receives as an award recipient, the staff on the nurse’s unit will receive Cinnabon cinnamon rolls. The honoree will receive a:

  • Certificate
  • DAISY Award pin
  • "Healer's Touch" sculpture

DAISY Award FAQs

  1. The award was established by the DAISY Foundation, an organization dedicated to the elimination of diseases attacking the immune system. The Foundation was established in 2000, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. After Barnes died at age 33 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), his parents created the foundation to recognize the skills and compassionate care of nurses, including those who took care of their son.

    For more information, go to daisyfoundation.org.

  2. Anyone who has a story to share about how a nurse exemplified compassionate care for a patient can nominate a nurse.

    • Registered Nurses, including research nurses
    • Licensed Practice Nurses (LPNs)
    • Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs)

If you have other questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact us at DaisyAwardRecognitionCommittee@stjude.org.

Past DAISY Honorees

  1. Fatina Caldwell

    Fatina Caldwell

    ACU - Medicine Room

    Morgan Hayes

    Morgan Hayes

    Inpatient - Solid Tumor

    Kimberly Holbrook

    Kimberly Holbrook

    Inpatient - Bone Marrow Transplant

    Lilly Rose Johnson

    Lilly Rose Johnson

    ACU - Assessment/Triage

    Kallen Kjellin

    Kallen Kjellin

    Inpatient - Solid Tumor

    Christie Oliver

    Christie Oliver

    ACU - Assessment/Triage

    Samantha Marano Patterson

    Samantha Marano Patterson

    Inpatient - Solid Tumor

    Rebecca Pollard

    Rebecca Pollard

    NSS - Sedation

    Courtney Sheron

    Courtney Sheron

    Inpatient - Bone Marrow Transplant

    Shelly Rae Veloz

    Shelly Rae Veloz

    ACU - Assessment/Triage

    Connie Williams

    Connie Williams

    NSS - Procedures

    Melinda Wood

    Melinda Wood

    Clinical Research Associate - Pharmaceutical Sciences

  2. Aaron Atkins

    Aaron Atkins

    Inpatient - ICU Overflow

    Ruth Basse

    Ruth Basse

    Inpatient - Bone Marrow Transplant

    Gay Bell

    Gay Bell

    Inpatient - Bone Marrow Transplant

    Sheila Dalrymple

    Sheila Dalrymple

    ACU - Solid Tumor Clinic

    Elizabeth Davis

    Elizabeth Davis

    Inpatient - Solid Tumor

    Elaine Hale

    Elaine Hale

    Inpatient - Solid Tumor

    Andrea M. "Shae" Myers

    Andrea M. "Shae" Myers

    ACU - Assessment/Triage

    Kristin Nilsen

    Kristin Nilsen

    ACU - Medicine Room

    Justine Rodriguez

    Justine Rodriguez

    ACU - Leukemia Clinic

    Shelby Wade

    Shelby Wade

    Inpatient - Solid Tumor

    Kathy Youngblood

    Kathy Youngblood

    ACU - Medicine Room

  3. Errma Davis

    Errma Davis

    Ambulatory Care Unit

    Tracy Douglas

    Tracy Douglas

    Surgery

    Kristen Hayes

    Kristen Hayes

    Inpatient - Bone Marrow Transplant

    Heather Havens

    Heather Havens

    Inpatient Departments

    Christen Marion

    Christen Marion

    Inpatient - Bone Marrow Transplant

    Danielle Pinkerton

    Danielle Pinkerton

    Inpatient - Bone Marrow Transplant

    Robin Price

    Robin Price

    Inpatient - Leukemia/Hematology

    Renea Shelton

    Renea Shelton

    Inpatient - Leukemia/Hematology

    Marielle Slothouber

    Marielle Slothouber

    Inpatient - Bone Marrow Transplant

    Kimberly Woody

    Kimberly Woody

    Inpatient - Bone Marrow Transplant

    Not pictured:

    Mieka Landry
    Inpatient - Solid Tumor

    Angel Parker
    Inpatient - Leukemia/Hematology