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DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Patients, family and staff can now nominate Norton Hospital nurses for the nationally recognized DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The DAISY Award was established by The DAISY Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that honors the nursing profession, as a way to say thanks for the skilled, compassionate, challenging work nurses do every day.

The DAISY Foundation was established to honor extraordinary nurses as well as to raise funds for nursing research and to recognize nursing faculty. The foundation was formed by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of an immune system disease in 1999 and received exceptional nursing care during his last weeks of life. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.

Why nominate a nurse?
For nurses, receiving the award is inspirational and motivational – it lets them know their hard work is recognized and appreciated. It also is a visible reminder of the enormous contribution and value nurses bring to people’s lives every day.

How is a nurse chosen?
The DAISY Award is presented to nurses in nearly 1,000 hospitals all over the world. At Norton Hospital, a nurse is chosen for the award every month.

What does the winning nurse receive?
Every nurse who is nominated for the award receives a DAISY lapel pin. The winning nurse receives the following:

  • An award certificate
  • A special pin
  • A presentation on his or her unit
  • A “spotlight page” on the DAISY Foundation’s website
  • A hand-carved Shona sculpture called “The Healer’s Touch”

The sculpture is especially meaningful. Carved from stone by artists from the Shona tribe in Zimbabwe, it depicts the embracing relationship nurses have with their patients and pays homage to the profound respect the Shona people have for their healers. DAISY’s purchase of the sculptures also helps support artisans living in a very desperate situation in Zimbabwe.

To nominate a Norton Hospital nurse, please complete the online nomination form or download the nomination form here.  

For more information about The DAISY Foundation or the DAISY Award, visit

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