American Family Children's Hospital


DAISY AwardThe DAISY Award is a worldwide program that rewards remarkable care, clinical skills and extraordinary compassion in nursing. It is given to outstanding licensed nursing professionals in more than 2,000 health care facilities worldwide.


Award History


The Award was established in 1999, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). Having been touched by the remarkable care demonstrated by nurses during Patrick’s illness, the Barnes family made it their mission to recognize exceptional nurses with the DAISY Award.


DAISY Award Recognition


Each DAISY Award recipient is recognized with a certificate and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled "A Healer's Touch." Additionally, the recipient's team receives 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. The recipient's unit receives a banner to hang in their unit for the month.


Daisy Award recipients at UW Health will personify our remarkable patient and family experience. They will consistently demonstrate excellence through UW Health values of innovation, integrity, compassion, accountability, respect and excellence.


How to Nominate an Extraordinary Nurse


DAISY Award recipients personify the remarkable patient experience at UW Health. Patients, patients' families or visitors may nominate a deserving nurse by completing an online nomination form.