DAISY Award honorees personify Harrison Medical Center’s remarkable patient experience. These nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care, and they are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community.

About The DAISY Foundation
The DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. (DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system.) During Pat’s eight-week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to Pat but to everyone in his family. So one of the goals they set in creating a Foundation in Pat’s memory was to recognize extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the super-human work they do every day.

What Is The DAISY Award?
HealersTouchThe DAISY Award is a nationwide program presented in collaboration with The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Harrison Medical Center is proud to be a DAISY Award hospital partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor every month.

Each DAISY Award honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit and will receive: a beautiful certificate, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled ‘A Healer’s Touch.’ Additionally, everyone in the unit will celebrate with Cinnabon® 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.

To find out more about the program, including the growing list of hospital partners, please go to DAISYfoundation.org.

How to Nominate an Extraordinary Nurse
Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians, and employees may nominate a deserving nurse (ARNP, RN, LPN) by filling out the form below or download and complete this nomination form and submit to a nursing station, the Nursing Administration office, or the hospital main lobby reception desk.

This nurse’s clinical skill and especially her/his compassionate care, exemplify the kind of nurse that patients, their families, and our staff recognize as an outstanding role model. Harrison's DAISY Award criteria include:

Compassionate Care

  • The nurse makes a special connection with the patient and/or family member(s).
  • The nurse demonstrates extraordinary care to the patient and family through development of mutual trust, respect, and emotional support.
  • The nurse establishes a calm, focused communication partnership with the patient and family by listening, comforting, and involving them in healthcare decisions.

Clinical Excellence

  • The nurse encourages professional development by generating enthusiasm and energy toward meeting nursing challenges.
  • The nurse shows exceptional collaboration with the healthcare team through teaching, education, and the planning of care.
  • The nurse actively pursues innovative practices in nursing.

Nomination Form
Nominations received by the 22nd of the month will be considered for the following month’s DAISY Award.

Direct questions to daisyaward@harrisonmedical.org.

Please tell us about yourself, so that we may include you in the celebration of this award should the nurse you nominate be chosen.

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Direct questions to daisyaward@harrisonmedical.org or 360-744-DAISY.

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DAISY Award program launch video
Feb. 9, 2011

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