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What is The DAISY Award?

As Patrick’s family, we brainstormed what to do in his memory.  We vividly recalled the skillful and compassionate care Patrick received from his nurses during his eight-week hospitalization.  We wanted to say “thank you” to nurses everywhere by establishing a recognition program - The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses (The DAISY Award) - to honor the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day.  In creating The DAISY Award, there were three elements we wanted to ensure our recognition program included:

"It's the story behind the DAISY Award that gives the program exceptional meaning. It is born out of what we do every day as nurses."

-Sandra Rader, DNP, MSA, RN NEA-BC Chief Nursing Officer, VP Patient Care Services, UPMC Shadyside

  • A partnership with healthcare organizations to provide on-going recognition of the clinical skill and especially the compassion nurses demonstrate at the bedside all year long.
  • Flexibility so that The DAISY Award may be tailored to each hospital’s unique culture and values.
  • A turn-key program with The DAISY Foundation providing most everything you need to implement The DAISY Award.

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