Dania Vazquez exemplifies everything that the Daisy award stands for: she provides compassionate care, exemplary service, and is constantly pushing herself and staff towards the commitment to excellence. Dania is a constant advocate for the patients that she serves and the staff that she teaches. There isn’t a time that Dania doesn’t go above and beyond what is expected of her. Whatever task she engages in she makes sure she gives it her all and never stops short of excellence. Her work ethics and professionalism are contagious, and she makes you want to strive to do better. Dania has served as my mentor in Psychiatry and is always there to provide words of inspiration. She is a great motivator and is always willing to listen. Dania has not only inspired me to be a better nurse, but most importantly a better person. She has taught me that as a leader the most important thing is to live by example, which she so eloquently demonstrates on a day to day basis. Dania is currently on the Daisy committee and she loves to pay tribute to other nurses for their excellent service. I feel that it’s time for us to return the favor and pay tribute to everything she so selfishly does for us, and the hospital. The question should not be why Dania deserves the Daisy award, yet it should be why has it taken so long for her to receive it?