The DAISY Award

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses® is an international award backed by the DAISY Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate care that nurses provide patients and families every day.

The DAISY Foundation was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Nurses at North Florida Regional Medical Center (NFRMC) or any NFRMC outpatient clinic may be nominated by patients, families and colleagues. The award recipient is chosen by a committee at NFRMC to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are presented throughout the year at celebrations attended by the honoree’s colleagues. Each honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an “Extraordinary Nurse.” Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

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The Bee Award

Just like a DAISY would not be able to grow without the help of the BEE, our nurses could not do what they do for our patients without the outstanding teamwork of other health care professionals.

That’s why NFRMC recognizes support personnel alongside nurses through a similar honor called the BEE Award. Anyone at NFRMC who supports patient care — such as transportation aides, visual observation staff, unit assistants, and unit clerks, housekeepers, nursing assistants or others— can be nominated for the BEE Award. Just like the DAISY Award, nominations can be submitted by patients, families and colleagues. Recipients will be chosen by a committee at NFRMC and will be honored with the BEE Award throughout the year.

Each honoree receives a BEE Award pin, a certificate recognizing her or him as an exceptional caregiver, and a beautiful sculpture.

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