What is the DAISY award?

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary compassionate and skillful care given by nurses every day. North Florida Regional Medical Center is proud to be a DAISY Award Partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor every month. To find out more about the program, including the growing list of Partners, please go to www.DAISYfoundation.org.

About the DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who passed away at the age of 33 from complications to Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP), an auto-immune disease. DAISY, is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. During Pat’s 8-week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion of his nurses, which was provided not only to Pat, but to everyone in his family as well. They then created the DAISY Foundation in Pat’s memory, with the goal of recognizing extraordinary nurses who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people through the superhuman work they do every day.

How to nominate

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 cinnamon rolls – a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness (see end for more info). The Barnes family asks that whenever and wherever nurses smell the wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment and think about how special they are. How to Nominate An Extraordinary Nurse: Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians, or staff may nominate a deserving nurse by filling out a form, found at the bottom of this page, or on any nursing unit in the hospital, and submitting it to a DAISY nomination box, handing it to the unit secretary or emailing it to nfrm.daisyaward@hcahealthcare.com.