The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses
At Nashville General Hospital, we celebrate the extraordinary skills, compassion and the profound difference nurses make in the lives of our patients and their families with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
The DAISY Award program began in 1999 and rewards exceptional patient care, superior clinical skills and remarkable compassion in nursing. It’s given to outstanding licensed nursing professionals in more than 2,000 health care facilities worldwide.
Who may nominate a nurse for the DAISY Award?
Patients and their family members are typically the ones who nominate nurses for the award, although anyone who’s experienced a nurse providing extraordinary patient care may submit a nomination.
How is the DAISY Award winner honored?
Each DAISY Award winner is recognized with an award ceremony, a certificate, a DAISY Award pin for their badge, and share the honor with their unit colleagues in a celebration that includes cinnamon rolls.
In the early days of his illness, Patrick could not tolerate much, but he did enjoy cinnamon rolls. One morning Mark, Patrick’s dad, brought a Cinnabon in for his breakfast. Patrick asked for a bite and ended up eating the whole thing. That night, he asked his dad to bring him a Cinnabon the next morning—and enough for all the nurses. The DAISY Foundation asks that at every DAISY ceremony, nurses are reminded that when you smell the cinnamon then “you should realize you are not just doing a job, you are impacting your patients’ lives, every day”.