The Daisy Award for Nurses

The DAISY Foundation

They created the Daisy Award in 2001 to say thank you to nurses around the country, because they believed nurses are truly "unsung heroes." They felt nurses are deserving of our society's profound respect and recognition for the education, training, brainpower, and skill they put into their work, not to mention the caring with which they deliver their care.

What is The DAISY Award?

The DAISY Award is a nation-wide program that recognizes nursing excellence. In memory of Patrick, the Barnes family recalled the skillful and compassionate care Patrick received from his nurses during his eight-week hospitalization. They wanted to say “thank you” to nurses everywhere by establishing a recognition program - The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses (The DAISY Award) - to honor the super-human work nurses do every day at the bedside.

The DAISY Award recipient will be recognized at a ceremony and will receive a framed certificate, a DAISY Award signature lapel pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch. Additionally, the unit or department of the recipient will receive Cinnabon’s cinnamon rolls-n a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness- with the sentiment that the heavenly aroma will remind them how special they are and how important their work is.

Who is eligible for the DAISY Award?

DAISY Award recipients are registered nurses who consistently meets all of the following criteria:

  • Makes a significant difference in the life of a patient
  • Uses critical thinking skills in the delivery of extraordinary patient care
  • Generates enthusiasm and energy towards meeting the challenges of nursing
  • Creates an environment for others to learn
  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills with peers and co-workers
  • Demonstrates caring and compassion
  • How to nominate an Extraordinary Nurse

The Mount Sinai Beth Israel Daisy Nomination Form (PDF) is available for download here.

Nominations may be submitted to Nurse Managers, Patient Care Services office or the DAISY mailbox If you have any questions, please contact Mary Anne Gallagher (212) 420-4339 or Each month one nurse will be chosen to receive the award.

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