The DAISY Award is a nationwide program that rewards remarkable care, clinical skills and extraordinary compassion in nursing. It is given to outstanding licensed nursing professionals in more than 1,000 health care facilities across the United States.
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.
Each DAISY Award recipient is recognized with a framed 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.
Daisy Award recipients at UW Hospital and Clinics will personify our remarkable patient and family experience. They will consistently demonstrate excellence through UW Hospital and Clinics' values of innovation, integrity, compassion, accountability, respect and excellence.
How to Nominate an Extraordinary Nurse
DAISY Award recipients personify the remarkable patient experience at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Patients, visitors, employees or physicians may nominate a deserving nurse by completing an online nomination form.
A downloadable version of the nomination form (pdf) also is available. Complete it and mail it to:
600 Highland Ave.
Mail Code 9300
Madison, WI 53792