Hospital Links

Employee Recognition: The DAISY Award

young female nurse smiling at older breast cancer patient

At Fort Sanders Regional, we honor our nurses who provide extraordinary care with The DAISY Award, an international nurse recognition program that celebrates the compassion and skills nurses bring to patients and families every day. The Daisy Award logo

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33, from complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP). During his eight-week hospital stay, his family was impressed by the care and compassion his nurses provided, not only to him but to everyone in the family. They created the DAISY Award in Pat’s memory to recognize those nurses who make a big difference in the lives of so many people.

FSRMC Daisy Award Nomination Criteria

P – Passion

The nurse demonstrates passion for the nursing profession and compassion for his/her patients.

E – Excellence

The nurse demonstrates clinical excellence in practice at all times.

T – Trust and Teamwork

The nurse is committed to and values his/her team.

A –  Attitude

The nurse displays a positive attitude and treats everyone with respect.

L – Learn and Listen

The nurse demonstrates excellent listening skills and selflessness.   He/She serves as a role model for the nursing profession.

S – Safety

The nurse prioritizes safety to ensure quality patient care and outcomes.


Each DAISY Award Honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit and will receive a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch. To learn more about the DAISY award, visit

Daisy Award Recipients

"*" indicates required fields

Which of the following would best describe you?

Please enter a number where you can be reached during normal business hours.
Please enter your email address.
May we share your comments in publicity materials if your nominee is selected as a DAISY Award winner?*
Covenant Health