The DAISY Award® is a program rewarding excellence in nursing. It serves to recognize extraordinary compassion and care provided by nurses every day.

The DAISY Award is a program that rewards excellence in nursing. It was created by The DAISY Foundation to recognize the clinical skills, extraordinary compassion and care shown by nurses every day. The award is given to outstanding nurses in more than 2,300 healthcare facilities in all 50 states and 15 countries.

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.)  The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

The DAISY Award recipients are recognized at a public ceremony and receive the following:

  • A certificate
  • A signature lapel pin
  • A hand-carved stone sculpture entitled, “A Healer’s Touch”

Additionally, the unit or department of the recipient receives cinnamon rolls, a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness. The wonderful aroma is a reminder of how special they are and the work they do.

Who’s Eligible for The DAISY Award?

The DAISY Award recipients live our mission, vision and values out loud. These care team members are recognized as outstanding role models in the nursing community and are known for their:

  • Compassionate Care and clinical excellence
  • Communication
  • Positive Attitude
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Teamwork

DAISY Award Honorees

Nominate a deserving nurse by filling out the online nomination form below.  Forms can also be found throughout our hospital and clinics.

A paper copy nomination form can be downloaded by clicking here. Please return your paper copy to BCHC in person or via mail at:

Buchanan County Health Center
Brittni Gipper
1600 1st St E
Independence, IA 50644

The DAISY Award

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