The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses
The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award is an international
recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate
care nurses provide every day. The DAISY Foundation was established by
the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of the
auto-immune disease ITP in 1999. During his hospitalization, they deeply
appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family.
When he died, they felt compelled to say “thank you” to nurses
in a very public way. Please say thank you by sharing your story of how
a nurse made a difference you will never forget!
Each DAISY Award Honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in her/his
unit and will receive: a personalized certificate, a DAISY Award pin,
and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch. Additionally,
everyone in the unit will celebrate with cinnamon rolls – a favorite
of Patrick’s during his illness. The Barnes Family asks that whenever
and wherever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for
a moment and think about how special they are. Photographs of all DAISY
Award winners are displayed at Mary Washington Hospital in the hospital
atrium, and at Stafford Hospital on the lower level near the café,
for all Associates, physicians, and community members to see.
To nominate a nurse for the DAISY award at Mary Washington Hospital:
Fill out this
online DAISY Award nomination form
Download and print this form, fill it out, and return it to the Patient Information desk in the hospital atrium.
To nominate a nurse for the DAISY award at Stafford Hospital:
Fill out this
online DAISY award nomination form
Download and print this brochure, fill it out, and drop it in one of the many boxes located around the
hospital (pictured below). (The boxes also have brochures in the side
pocket that you can use instead.)