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 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:
- DAISY Award pin
- "Healer's Touch" sculpture
DAISY Award FAQs
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.
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)
Fill out a DAISY Award Nomination.
If you have other questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact us at DaisyAwardRecognitionCommittee@stjude.org.
Past DAISY Honorees
Inpatient - Solid Tumor
Inpatient - Leukemia/Hematology