The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses recognizes the special work that 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 created the foundation 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. 

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.

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 that a nurse receives as an extraordinary Daisy Award recipient, honorees will receive a:

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

All staff on the honoree's unit will receive cinnabons.


How did this award come about?

The Foundation was formed in January 2000, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).

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Who can nominate?

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


Who can be nominated?

  • RNs (including research nurses, PK nurses, etc)
  • LPNs
  • APNs (Advanced Practice Nurse)

How do I nominate a nurse?

Fill out the DAISY Award Nomination form.

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