Voices of DAISY

We get so many beautiful emails and letter describing what The DAISY Award means to our Hospital Partners and DAISY Nurses. Here is a sampling of them:

  • We are also very appreciative of all that the DAISY Foundation has done to create a meaningful award/program that honors the tender acts of human compassion, that can sometimes go unnoticed but can leave an enduring imprint on the heart/soul of another human being.
    I cannot express to you how thrilled we are to publically honor our first DAISY award recipient in May! Thank you for all of your efforts, which make this possible for extraordinary nurses in health care facilities everywhere.

    Cynthia Gamache
    System Chief Nursing Officer / BHI VP - Ancillary & Patient Care Services
    Baptist Health Care
  • Receiving the DAISY Award was a true surprise and incredible honor because nurses, including myself, do not always know the power of the impact that they have on the patients and families that they have the honor and privilege to care for and advocate for. Being recognized by patients and families is the highest honor that a nurse can receive. I value and appreciate this award and support the mission of this important program.

    Frances Wilson
    DAISY Nurse Honoree
    UC Irvine Medical Center
  • "The DAISY Award was a wonderful award to receive because it rewarded me for providing compassionate care to my patients. This award is very special because it is not about my degree or academic achievements. The DAISY Award is about how I care for my patients and shows that my patient's family and my co-workers see how much I love to care for others."

    Christi Duerksen
    DAISY Nurse Honoree
    Sanford USD Medical Center
  • Ever since I became a nurse I was driven to be the best nurse I could be. Throughout the years I have be blessed to touch the lives of many patients and staff and I truly had no idea the impact I was making until a nursing assistant contacted me many years later to let me know that I inspired her to go to Nursing School. I take great pride in the impact I have as a Nurse Leader upon nurses. The DAISY foundation allows me to live out my mission of inspiring nurses to be the best that they can be by putting a spotlight on excellent nursing care and having a platform for nurses to see what a great nurse looks like. I would definitely have to say that presenting DAISY Awards to Wesley nurses is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job and it is a great way to "fill my cup".

    Jennifer Magill
    DAISY Coordinator
    Wesley Healthcare
  • On those days when I am exhausted and challenged and I think nobody understands what a nurse goes through, I remember the morning I received a bright yellow bouquet of yellow daisies. I cried that morning. I had been a nurse for 24 years. Half my life at the time. Having received the DAISY Award reminds me that there are those people out there who understand. It makes the hard days easier. Every morning I get ready for work I am reminded by seeing the sculpture 'The Healer's Touch' on my dresser and I know the day is going to be ok.

    Michele Robison
    DAISY Nurse Honoree
    Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center
  • I first heard of the DAISY Award when I was nominated and received it during my first year as a nurse. When I started in the CNO role, I knew this program was essential to recognize the selfless acts of compassion I witness each day. Now, I have the honor to recognize our outstanding nursing staff each year. It has been an absolute pleasure to read all of the nomination letters; I see every day what an extraordinary group of nurses we employ. But, this program offers an opportunity to publicly recognize the outstanding service provided to all our patients. Watching the emotion on each nurse's face when he/she hears their nomination story is heartwarming. The true passion of this profession is evident through each of these encounters.

    Greg Ospeth
    Chief Nursing Officer
    Guthrie County Hospital
  • "Receiving The DAISY Award has affirmed my decision to be a nurse, continually reminds me why I do what I do, and motivates me to further excel in the care I give my patients."

    Pete Gaffney
    Staff Nurse
    Memorial Hospital of South Bend
  • I am honored to be the DAISY Award Coordinator for our hospital. It is a joy to see the nurses who are surprised by the impact they make on a patient and family during their hospital stay. The DAISY Award is a wonderful way to recognize the extraordinary nurses who provide care, comfort, and compassion for our patients every day.

    Kimberly Austin
    DAISY Coordinator
    Carolinas Medical Center - Mercy
  • I am reminded that the smallest acts of kindness and caring have the biggest impact. The DAISY Award was an unexpected honor. I am proud to be a DAISY Award Honoree and blessed to be a nurse.

    Catherine Gregory
    DAISY Nurse Honoree
    Optima Health
  • We don't do this work for the recognition or thanks but it was such an amazing feeling to receive the DAISY Award! It's so gratifying to be appreciated by those you care for and the team that helps you every day.

    Angela Bacon
    DAISY Nurse Honoree - Staff RN
    Morton Plant Hospital
  • " 'To the world, you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world.' I have seen many of my colleagues receive the DAISY Award who truly deserve recognition for their dedication to being that special somebody to every life they touch. I think it is wonderful that the DAISY Foundation encourages the recognition of outstanding caregivers on an international level. I am inspired to work among many DAISY Award recipients who make our organization and community a better place."

    Emma Wicks
    DAISY Coordinator
    Roper Hospital
  • My DAISY experience was life changing to say the least! To be recognized for your hard work is one of the greatest feelings. I appreciate all the time and effort it took to celebrate me. I do not take this for granted!

    Brandy Pruitt
    DAISY Nurse Honoree
    Centra Health - Lynchburg Family Medicine Residency
  • Being a DAISY Awardee is an awesome and unforgettable experience. It felt like receiving my "Emmy Award" in the nursing profession. This is a re-affirmation of my commitment to providing excellent care full of kindness and compassion to my patients and families. Being recognized for going above and beyond, for being an inspiration for what I perceive as ordinary work is extraordinary and truly beyond words. I wear the DAISY pins everyday with pride and honor. It reminds me that I am not just a nurse, but an extraordinary one.

    Melody Cubas
    Clinical Nurse
    Mount Sinai Hospital
  • The DAISY Award provides the means for a patient, family, visitor, staff member, or anyone in the hospital setting to recognize a nurse for their extraordinary care. Every day, I work with nurses who always think that they are "Just doing my job," however their efforts leave a long standing impression on someone in need. This award empowers our nurses and lets them know that their efforts do not go unnoticed or unappreciated. This award has been a blessing to our hospital and I look forward to seeing it evolve through the years.

    Shelby Sloan
    ICU Clinical Manager / DAISY Coordinator
    Community Hospital Anderson
  • The DAISY award made me realize how much of an impact I have on the experience of my patients and their family members during an extremely vulnerable time in their lives. Being able to provide care to families as they bring a child into the world is truly an honor and receiving the DAISY has made me appreciate the care I provide even more.

    Ashley Eubank
    DAISY Ambassador
    Temple University Hospital
  • This little pin can mean so much. It keeps nurses going. Pushing, fighting, striving to be better. To do more. Recognition from the people we care for is the steam in our engines. I'm so glad I can touch lives the way I do, even if it is downright hard to do most days. A nurse's first DAISY is very special, and mine came at a time it was most needed.

    Megan Mowatt, BSN, RN
    Baycare/St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • On those days when I am exhausted and challenged and I think nobody understands what a nurse goes through, I remember the morning I received a bright yellow bouquet of yellow daisies. I cried that morning. I had been a nurse for 24 years. Half my life at the time. Having received the DAISY Award reminds me that there are those people out there who understand. It makes the hard days easier. Every morning I get ready for work I am reminded by seeing the sculpture The Healer's Touch on my dresser and I know the day is going to be ok.

    Michele Robison, RN
    Sarah Bush Lincoln
  • I am a registered nurse at Mercy Medical Center (Merced) in the ER. I also dabble in oncology, telemetry, and the ICU. I love being a nurse. I love making people’s day brighter. I also love helping families heal, and being there to lean on during the hardest times of their lives. Today I was blessed with the honor of receiving the Daisy award. The joy and gratitude I felt being honored is unmatched to anything else I’ve experienced in life. In my mind, I’m just doing my job; however, it feels amazing to be recognized by patients and their families. I know I’m making a difference to others, and that’s all I need to know. I wanted to truly thank you for all that you do. I will wear my Daisy pin with the utmost pride, and will continue making a difference for others. I shed a tear while eating my cinnamon roll. Patrick would be so proud to see what you’re doing for nurses. Thank you.

    Danielle Muratore, RN
    Mercy Medical Center
  • I just want to take a moment and say "WOW" to you! What a wonderful legacy to Patrick - his memory is alive and well and will remain so for years to come. Our nurses LOVE receiving this award - it represents the core of who they are and why they work in the profession of nursing. Here's to 2018 and all our DAISY recipient nurses at Genesis and all over the world!!

    Jackie Anhalt, BS,RN,MS, MSN, NEA-BC
    Chief Nurse Executive and Vice President of Patient Services
    Genesis Healthcare System, Davenport, IA
  • In September I was nominated for a DAISY Award by a patient.  It meant so much just being nominated and came at a time when I was under immense pressure due to staffing shortages.  To say that this award re-affirmed my commitment to nursing is an understatement.  That simple act of thanks meant so much to me. Thank you for creating and supporting this award system, I wish you every success and hope it becomes known worldwide.

    Cherry Williams, RN
    Staff Nurse
    Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK
  • 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. 

    Katherine Pakieser-Reed, PhD, RN
    Executive Director, Center for Nursing Professional Practice and Research
    University of Chicago Medicine
  • 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
  • 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
    Dignity Health
  • 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 coworkers, 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, RN, BSN
    St. Joseph Hospital, Paterson, NJ
  • As chair of the PNC Recognition/Communications Committee, I love seeing how excited our staff is about the DAISY program.  We end every meeting with that month’s winner and it reminds us all on why we chose our profession.  Even though it can be challenging to choose one nomination amongst hundreds, our committee LOVES reading every single nomination and is dedicated to recognizing our amazing staff. 

    Julia Dexter, RN, BSN
    PNC DAISY Recognition/Communications Committee Chair
    OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
  • 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, RN
    Staff Nurse
    The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • We are so excited to bring the DAISY Award to Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southeastern Regional Medical Center. The excitement that is swelling at the hospital is amazing. And it is NOT just nurses! Today, one of our Executive Assistants accepted a DAISY nomination and she rushed into our area to tell us, ”We have our first DAISY nomination!!”   My EA is collecting the nominations, and she was glowing. Our PR team, hotel staff, and First Connections Team ... have been nothing short of amazing. I have never seen this much “all hospital” excitement.We had 10 nurses write personal statements on why they wanted to be part of the inaugural DAISY Committee. We were so touched by their compassion, well…we have a committee of 10!! I could not be more proud.  We are thrilled to honor our nurses and the memory of Patrick. 

    MaryClaire Dangel-Palmer, RN, MSN
    Vice President, Patient Care Services
    Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southeastern Regional Medical Center
  • I cannot tell you how incredibly special this DAISY Award has been to me. It may sound crazy, but having received this award has made me a better nurse. The sense of pride that I feel when people that I barely know come up to congratulate me and tell me that no one deserves it more, it brings tears to my eyes each time. I honestly love to come to work every day. I love what I do, and who I do it with. I take such pride in being a CHOA nurse.

    Donna Young, RN
    DAISY Honoree
    Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
  • I want to thank you and your family for developing the DAISY Award. I was nominated by my co-workers and am a grateful recipient. This award came at a time when I have been struggling to keep my heart in my job, wondering if I should leave my job to do something that would be easier, less demanding of my time and energy. The death of a beloved co-worker from cancer a few months ago had added to my feeling that perhaps I should just move on rather than accept the challenge of training the new staff needed for our clinic. To have my co-worker honor me with this award was a complete surprise and a uplifting event for me. Please accept my thanks and admiration for your development of this positive program to honor nurses and encourage research that will help patients. 

    Rosemary Buchmeier, RN
    Rehab Clinic Staff Nurse
    Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA
  • As I presented the award and told Patrick’s story again today, I was filled with both peace and admiration at the great work your foundation has done to honor ... those caring for patients and families around the world. Keep up the good work- I am proud to continue to carry the message.

    Kim Brown Sims RN, MBA, BSN
    Chief Nursing Officer
    Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • My name is Robert Iseman and I am a RN.  I have been recently chosen for the DAISY Award for the month of Nov., nominated by a co-worker for care that I give my patients.  I just wanted to let you know how honored and truly blessed I am to be chosen for this wonderful award. It really touched my heart to be recognized for a wonderful award. Getting this award is very humbling, and it makes you feel appreciated in a job where you are recognized for the care you give patients rather from a hospital stand point where you have to meet quotas and numbers.  If it was not for our patients we would not be able to show that compassionate care we give from the heart.  If you could please thank the Barnes family for making it possible to receive an award of this caliber.  

    Robert Iseman, RN
    DAISY Honoree
    Pardee Hospital, Hendersonville, NC
  • Thank you for your DAISY efforts. Being a part of this recognition for my peers has enriched my life immensely.

    Sue Zwahlen
    DAISY Co-chair
    Doctors Medical Center, Modesto, CA
  • The DAISY Award emphasizes the professionalism of the Registered Nurse. It reinforces the autonomy of nursing practice and how powerful each nurse’s action is on people’s lives. It is a reminder to me of why I'm here. When I hear the nomination stories, it makes me so proud and really connects me back to the staff.

    Heidi Crooks, RN, MA
    Retired CNO & Senior Associate Director Operations and Patient Care Services
    UCLA Health System
  • Our DAISY celebration surpassed all of my wishes... The staff stayed around and visited with one another for a long time. Their families were so proud of them. It was truly a beautiful event, and it is all because of the wonderful foundation that you have started. Thank you for allowing us to be part of this special journey!

    Rose Brandau, RN, MSN, CNE
    Vice President, Chief Nurse Executive
    Carolinas Medical Center-University
  • I have to tell you how thrilled I am that we have been involved with the DAISY Award & Foundation. I have been so fortunate to attend most all of the presentations to the nurses who have received them. You put it so well, that they are often surprised that they are being acknowledged for what they see that they do every day. My staff nurses are my own every day heroes. The DAISY Award instills pride, improves morale and allows the important stories of nurses to be told. What you … have 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 Gonzales, ARNP, MSN, CNAA,BC, FAAN
    Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer
    Miami Children’s Hospital
  • The DAISY Award is a tremendous morale booster.  To be rewarded for compassionate care, as opposed to being rewarded for a new degree or an academic achievement, is very special.

    Nancy Pappas, RN
    Awards and Recognition Coordinator
    Morristown Memorial Hospital
  • There was so much positive feedback from our first ceremony that the momentum for nominees has continued. We had over 50 nominees for June…. We are so fortunate to have this program at ACH!

    Christie Berner, RN, MSN, RETIRED
    Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer
    Arkansas Children’s Hospital
  • I wanted to express my sincere thanks for your support of Alameda County Medical Center today with the implementation of the DAISY Award. Today represented one of the most rewarding moments of my career as I observed the faces of our staff and the impact that this recognition initiative has on our nursing ranks. Many thanks and best wishes.

    Wright Lassiter, Chief Executive Office
    Alameda County Medical Center
  • 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, RN, PhD
    Director of Operations, National Patient Care Services
    Kaiser Permanente
  • It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with you and the phenomenal DAISY Foundation you represent. The DAISY Award has truly been a remarkable and very special nursing recognition that continues to draw out the best in terms of acknowledging the caring and compassion of our so very deserving “super-heroes”. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for imprinting this legacy on our organization.

    Lynne Hedrick, RN, MS, CNAA
    Outgoing Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services
    The Children’s Hospital of Denver
  • At our hospital, there is already a strong caring base. We start every meeting with a story of caring. With the addition of The DAISY Award, we are never without a caring story. All the nominations come to me first before I send them to the Council that runs the program. I carry them around in a notebook so I always have a story. DAISY fits our philosophy and Jean Watson’s Caring Theory perfectly.

    Jennifer Blank, RN
    Assistant Vice President
    Winter Haven Hospital
  • I just wanted to share with her how important the DAISY Award is.....what we get in nominations brings tears to the eyes of staff who help us review them. At the presentations, there isn't a dry eye in the room....yet nurses don't see what they do as "special". Consistently they say it's just what they do, not unusual. Your award lets them KNOW it is special. Thank you so much for creating the DAISY Award! Our staff are touched by it!

    Cheryl Meyer, MSN, RN, CCRN
    Magnet Program Coordinator
    Robert Packer Hospital