The Daisy AwardThe DAISY Award is a nationwide program that rewards excellence in nursing. It was created by The DAISY Foundation to recognize the clinical skills, extraordinary compassion and care exhibited by nurses everyday. The award is given monthly to an outstanding nurse in more than 237 hospitals across the United States. UnitedHealthcare is the co-sponsor of The DAISY Award at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

The DAISY Award recipient will be recognized at a public 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 – 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.

Nominate a Nurse for the Daisy Award

DAISY Award recipients personify Nicklaus Children's Hospital’s remarkable patient experience. These individuals consistently demonstrate excellence through clinical expertise, extraordinary service and compassionate care and are recognized as outstanding role models in the nursing community.

The following are examples of qualities and attributes the nurses will possess:

  • A positive attitude
  • “Patient centeredness” - a consistent focus on meeting patient and family needs
  • Collaborates well with all members of the health care team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Shows empathy in all situations

Patients, visitors, employees or physicians may nominate a deserving nurse by filling out the nomination form and submitting it to the nominee's nursing manager.

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