The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

What is The DAISY Award?

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses everyday. Memorial Hospital of South Bend is proud to be a DAISY Award Partner, recognizing three of our nurses with this special honor every quarter.

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Foundation was formed by the family of Patrick Barnes as a way to honor the nurses that provided quality and compassionate care to Patrick during the final stages of his battle with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). Learn more about the Barnes family and the origination of the DAISY Foundation.

DAISY Award honorees personify Memorial Hospital's dedication to the exceptional 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.

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 made with Makara cinnamon – 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.

Past Winners

March 2014

  • Nicole Banks, Charge RN

December 2013

  • Kristen Baker, RN
  • Pete Gaffney, RN
  • Jenny Streeter, RN

How To Nominate An Extraordinary Nurse

Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians and employees may nominate a deserving nurse by filling out the form below. To learn more about the program and its growing list of partners, please visit the DAISY Foundation.

Nominee Information

I would like to nominate from the unit/department as a deserving recipient of The DAISY Award. This nurse’s clinical skill and especially her/his compassionate care exemplify the kind of nurse that our patients, their families, and our staff recognize as an outstanding role model. She/he consistently meets all of the following criteria:

  • Comforting, calm and communicative when patients and families are most vulnerable
  • Exhibits clinical expertise and the essence of nursing
  • Has made a significant difference in a patient's life
  • Provides compassionate nursing care while paying close attention to the emotional and psychological needs of their patients
  • Extraordinary skill and kindness, selflessly rendered; an unsung hero
  • Makes the patient feel secure and confident in the care they receive
  • Listens with their heart, passionate about their work and puts the needs of others above their own

Please describe a situation involving the nurse you are nominating that clearly demonstrates he/she meets the criteria for The DAISY Award:

Thank you for taking the time to nominate an extraordinary nurse for this award. Please tell us about yourself, so that we may include you in the celebration of this award should the nurse you nominated be chosen.


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Nominations received by March 1, June 1, September 1 or December 1 will be considered in the upcoming award cycle. If you have any questions, please call Paula Barth, R.N., at 574-647-7186.