DAISY meaningful recognition guide
DAISY Award says 'thank you'
Thousands of nurses honored, with more to come.
Championing nurse excellence
DAISY meaningful recognition guide
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DAISY meaningful recognition guide
Nominators are nurse fans
Support from patients, families, colleagues up the special factor.
Nurse faculty deserve praise
DAISY faculty award gives credit where credit is due.
DAISY meaningful recognition guide
Singing program's praises
The meaningful recognition is a career highlight.
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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
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DAISY meaningful recognition guide
DAISY meaningful recognition guide
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DAISY meaningful recognition guide
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Nursing schools find inspiration in DAISY
DAISY student and faculty awards strike a chord at academic level
Carole Jakucs, MSN, RN, PHN
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The DAISY Foundation’s DAISY Award® program has bestowed honors on more than 135,000 nurses since the program’s inception in 1999, from more than 1.6 million nominations.
The program began as a way to recognize exemplary nursing compassion and excellence in care provided to patients by nurses in acute-care environments, and more recently has been expanded to include schools of nursing.

Earning a DAISY Award is within the reach of nursing faculty and nursing students at more than 200 schools of nursing that have partnered with the program. A combined total of more than 1,000 nursing faculty and students have earned a DAISY Award.
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Faculty mold extraordinary nurses
The move to include schools of nursing as part of the DAISY Award Program began in 2007 at a meeting of the foundation's board of directors. During a discussion regarding DAISY honorees and the extraordinary compassion and care they provide, Barnes said it was a board member at that time, Elizabeth (Beth) Heyman, EdD, RN, who was dean of the Galen College of Nursing in Cincinnati, Ohio, said to her, “Someone had to teach those nurses who took such great care of your son Patrick.”
Barnes said the board’s discussion then moved on to examining the difficulty in recruiting and retaining nursing faculty. Members of the board also saw a pattern. They realized when most nurses received their DAISY Award, nearly every one of them made a point of remembering that one special nursing instructor who had a tremendous impact on their nursing practice and shaped their thoughts and behaviors regarding how they interact with patients and their families.

“I hear their voices in my ear almost every day,” said Barnes, referring to the nurse honorees who recall their outstanding nursing professors.
In 2010 the first
DAISY Faculty Awards
were granted. Transferring the culture of compassionate, outstanding care to academic institutions was a logical next step for the DAISY Award program, Barnes said. “We wanted to honor nursing faculty, who inspire the concepts of compassionate care and nursing excellence in their nursing students, in a meaningful way,” she said.
The move to recognize nursing students that go above and beyond the call of duty with their patients began at the urging of the Association of Student Nurses from the University of Iowa in 2013. “They approached me personally with a very well-thought-out PowerPoint presentation, proposing a separate DAISY Award program for students in the school of nursing,” Barnes said. “They even came up with the name
DAISY in Training
.” (The Award has since been rebranded to The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students).
Barnes said nursing students expressed to her how challenging nursing school was, and how an award could help inspire students to stick with it. They convinced Barnes that a DAISY Award program for students was needed and how it would work and benefit nursing students, she said.

“I liked the idea of rewarding nursing students for their dedication to patients and understanding that nursing is not just about tasks and technology, but true compassion that embraces patients as thinking, feeling, human beings,” she said.

A natural partnership
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
(based in Washington, D.C.), is a big proponent of the DAISY Foundation’s work in recognizing outstanding quality, said the AACN's chief communications officer, Robert Rosseter, MBA. Rosseter said the AACN and the foundation began their partnership back in 2010 after Barnes demonstrated that DAISY Award recipients always mentioned a memorable nurse faculty member who helped them develop into an award-winning professional.

DAISY wanted to partner with schools of nursing to recognize high-caliber faculty members. “That, along with the realization by the AACN that not enough groups were recognizing faculty excellence, made partnering with DAISY a welcome proposition,” Rosseter said.
The AACN promotes DAISY at conferences and on its website. It also guides schools of nursing to resources if they’re looking to partner with DAISY, Rosseter said. “DAISY Faculty Award recipients serve as a role models for fellow faculty and may help to reduce the faculty shortage,” he said. “They also encourage and inspire the current nursing workforce and students that want to become nurse educators.”
“When students take the time to say ‘Thank you, we’re grateful for what you do for us, you’re the nurse we want to become,’ it makes you feel so appreciated and honored.”
— Susan Prion, RN
Susan Prion, MSN, EdD, RN, CNE, CHSE, a nursing professor at the University of San Francisco, as well as a Fulbright Scholar (Vietnam) chairwoman, and faculty association director for the Center for Professional Development, at the USF School of Nursing and Health Professions, says receiving a DAISY Award is a source of great inspiration is. Prion was one of the two first faculty members at USF to receive The DAISY Award in 2016.

“As a nurse and educator, I spend extra time helping students, whether it’s on campus or meeting them for coffee," she said. "I do it because it’s the right thing to do, both morally and ethically. When students take the time to say ‘Thank you, we’re grateful for what you do for us, you’re the nurse we want to become,’ it makes you feel so appreciated and honored.”
A source of great inspiration
Chamberlain University joins DAISY efforts
“When leaders at Chamberlain became aware of DAISY, we decided to pursue a partnership because their philosophy and values aligned perfectly with ours,” she said. “Both groups are dedicated to compassionate care and developing extraordinary nurses. DAISY provides an opportunity for us to recognize our faculty and students for demonstrating the values that exemplify Chamberlain Care.”
Compassionate care is integrated into the university’s curriculum in several ways. Students, for instance, are introduced to Chamberlain Care by their admission advisers, as well as at new student orientation, and then are taught the concepts in certain nursing courses. “We tell all students how we are committed to their success and to helping them become extraordinary nurses by providing the resources and care to support them in acquiring those characteristics,” Groenwald said. “We teach all students that an extraordinary nurse is a leader in every sense of the word — raising their voices when necessary, being a patient and family advocate and serving their profession.
Also, instead of a traditional “white coat” event, Chamberlain holds a “Transition to Care” program for students who are about to begin clinicals. The program affirms that extraordinary nurses “are those who care and who provide compassionate care,” Groenwald said. “Students receive a care pin to signify their responsibility to demonstrate care in everything they do.”
Groenwald, who is editor for the recently published book, "Culture of Care" says the book discusses a process initiated at Chamberlain University to “transform our culture to one of care – for colleagues and students – to create a caring climate where both colleagues and students thrive.”
“We embarked upon the cultural transformation process in our quest to graduate extraordinary nurses who transform healthcare, which starts with inculcating students with values that exemplify an extraordinary nurse,” she continued. “Students who feel cared for and supported are more likely to ‘pay it forward’ in providing the same care and support to patients they care for, and to their colleagues in their work environments.”
Groenwald said DAISY is the perfect partner for Chamberlain’s philosophy of education and would not be surprised if more and more schools joined in DAISY’s efforts. “Since DAISY is such an outstanding way to recognize those who demonstrate the characteristics of extraordinary nurses, I do believe other organizations will also see the value of a partnership. The nursing literature is replete with articles about bullying, toxic work environments and lateral violence. We believe that creating a work environment with care at the core can be an antidote to toxic work cultures.”
Chamberlain University
became involved with The DAISY Foundation in 2012, two years after the university “embarked on developing a culture of care, called Chamberlain Care,” said Susan Groenwald, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN. Chamberlain started offering the DAISY Faculty Award in 2013, and brought the DAISY in Training Award, now named The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students, to many of its campuses in 2016.
Susan Groenwald, RN