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DAISY Award honorees and supporters sing its praises
The meaningful recognition becomes a career highlight
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EDITOR'S NOTE: Find videos of some of the honorees' special celebrations on the DAISY website.
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The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses honorees know the amount of stress that can come from a hospitalization. Seeing patients through their most difficult times, while family members anxiously sit by their side, is what nurses do.
Rachel Campanella, RN Alaska Native Medical Center Anchorage
“I remember hearing about The DAISY Award as a brand-new nurse, and wishing I could reach that level of excellence one day. Receiving this award makes me feel hopeful. Knowing I connected with a family in such a way confirms that I am making the impact I strive for. I feel accomplished and truly humbled. I'm just so thankful to be a significant part of this man’s and his family's journey to healing. I love working at ANMC's CCU for the opportunities it has given me to grow. Autonomy, teamwork, respect and support make the glue that holds our CCU together. I am honored to be part of such an awesome crew!” 
Katherine Pakieser-Reed, PhD, RN Executive Director, Center for Nursing Professional Practice and Research University of Chicago Medicine
“There is such powerful transformation that occurs for each nurse who learns that he/she was nominated and then even more so for the monthly recipient. The DAISY Award provides us with an opportunity to pause each month on a unit with the winner and peers and share how ‘simple’ nursing actions, caring, listening and acknowledging are so critical to our patients and families … and what can make the difference in feeling alone versus supported. Thank you for being the catalysts of the opportunities for these amazing transformative moments.”
“The DAISY program is an important part of our culture and recognition of nurses in our organization. I am constantly in awe of the work that our nurses do and how they touch so many lives every day. The DAISY Award program has highlighted this work through the nomination process. So thank you for this constant ability to expose this work and recognize caring for patients and families.”

Dawn Straub, MSN, RN, NEA-BC Nebraska Medical Center, Executive Director Nursing Professional Practice and Informatics Omaha
“Though I honestly don’t feel like what I did was extraordinary, receiving the award was probably the most touching acknowledgement I will ever receive as a nurse.”


Rebecca Johnson, RN Woodland Memorial Hospital
Woodland, Calif.
“It's truly an honor to be a DAISY Award recipient, especially so early in my career. There are many days we go home frustrated or upset rethinking our paths in life. However, this award has solidified why I became and enjoy being a nurse. Having my co-workers, staff and families congratulate me and tell me I deserved the award brings tears to my eyes. Many of my patients do not know what impact they have on my life, and it's amazing to be acknowledged for the impact I have on theirs.”


Janell Carraso, BSN, RN St. Joseph Hospital Paterson, N.J.
“I must say this DAISY Foundation is absolutely amazing, and I am beyond honored to be considered a part of it. Receiving this award was one of the most memorable experiences of my nursing career! My statue is on my fireplace every day, and I love wearing my pin.”


Heather Bisca, BSN, RN The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia
“I have to tell you how thrilled I am that we have been involved with the DAISY Award and foundation. I have been so fortunate to attend most all of the presentations to the nurses who have received them. ... they are often surprised that they are being acknowledged for what they see that they do every day. My staff nurses are my own everyday heroes. The DAISY Award instills pride, improves morale and allows the important stories of nurses to be told. What [The DAISY Foundation has] been able to accomplish is no less than phenomenal. I think you are Patrick's earth angels to carry a very important message and mission. I am so proud that we have been associated with the DAISY Foundation. Forever, I am willing to continue to support this effort in any way. Thank you for being a part of our MCH life, and I wish you only so many more good things for the future.”


Jackie L. Gonzalez, DNP, ARNP, MBA, NEA-BC, FAAN
Senior Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer & Patient Safety Officer
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami
“I truly believe that this was the most powerful and meaningful recognition I have seen nurses receive in my 40 years in nursing.”
Linda Leavell, PhD, MPH, RN Director of Operations, National Patient Care Services
Kaiser Permanente
Oakland, Calif.

“I am humbled and very grateful for the recognition. As a faculty member, I know that I have influence in students' lives because I am their teacher and their academic adviser. I can truly make their lives easy or miserable, if I choose. But to read the 24 nominations, each student writing about how they perceive me and, especially, how I have supported and loved them (sometimes with a lot of tough love) and helped them to be successful … it makes me tear up even typing this.”
Susan Prion, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE
Professor Kaiser Permanente
Oakland, Calif.

“[In 2016,] I received the DAISY in Training Award, and it was the biggest honor. I have had the opportunity and pleasure to see many nurses that I truly look up to receive a DAISY Award, and to be presented with the DAISY in Training Award at my pinning ceremony was an incredibly special moment. It has pushed me even further to be the kind of nurse who goes above and beyond for my patients as I begin my career. I am so looking forward to my future as a nurse.”
Raina Estrem, RN Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
St. Paul
“I was humbled to be nominated and receive The DAISY Award my first year as a Nurse educator. The transition from clinical nursing into academics has been a challenging one. I have learned so much from these amazing students and fellow faculty at the University of West Georgia this past year. The DAISY Award is a reminder of the difference we as educators can make in the lives of our nursing students and future nurses.”
Melissa Downs, MSN, MS, RN University of West Georgia Carrollton, GA

“The nominated nurses are so thrilled to receive the pins and a card from our CNO. They were really surprised that their daily work actually touched patients' souls. Thanks again for this brilliant idea to say thank you to extraordinary nurses.”
Yuedan Qu, RN Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University Hangzhou City, China

And when some of their clients take the time to fill out a nomination form on their behalf, nurses do not take that lightly. They receive the award, as many of them describe, with humble hearts, knowing it will remain a highlight of their career.

Here, honorees and hospital partners, share their thoughts on the impact of the program.
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DAISY meaningful recognition guide
DAISY Award says 'thank you'
Thousands of nurses honored, with more to come.
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Championing nurse excellence
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We partner with the DAISY Foundation to celebrate nurses.
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Nominators are nurse fans
Support from patients, families, colleagues up the special factor.
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Nurse faculty deserve praise
DAISY faculty award gives credit where credit is due.
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Benefits that may surprise you
The award comes with perks for honored nurses.
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Honoree goes the extra mile
RN takes patient, a Chinese farmer, under her wing.
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Propel your nursing practice
Foundation supports studies that can boost your nursing practice.
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4 projects are tip of the iceberg
Funded research targets autoimmune diseases and cancer.
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Apply for DAISY grants
If you're ready to do research, applying for grants is a good place.
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DAISY can help retention
Millennial nurses embrace change and meaningful recognition.
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Become a 'good detective'
Learn how to develop research in a clinical setting.
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Schools get inspired by DAISY
DAISY student and faculty awards strike a chord at schools.
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Compassion focus in spotlight
Magnet and Pathway to Excellence connect with DAISY goals.
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RN stages celebrations
Honoree brings holidays to dying patient and her family.
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DAISY attracts global attention
The program's international appeal is apparent.
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Associations give thumbs up
Groups enthusiastically endorse recognition efforts.
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U.S. families in need of diapers
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Singing program's praises
The meaningful recognition is a career highlight.
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Get funding for your efforts!
Program offers honorees grants to help finance medical missions.
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Improve critical thinking skills
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DAISY's reach stretches
An agreement with ICN means more nurses will receive the honor.
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