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The DAISY Award Nomination
Mayo Clinic Health System participates in the national program called The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The DAISY Award, presented in collaboration with The American Organization of Nurse Executives, is part of The DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the superhuman efforts nurses perform.
Mayo Clinic Health System is among more than 5,000 health care organizations nationwide committed to The DAISY Award program. Awardees receive a certificate, statue, presentation and more.
Nurses who work at Mayo Clinic Health System are eligible for The DAISY Award.
Those who experience or observe extraordinary compassionate care being provided by a nurse can share their story through a nomination. There are no other criteria.
When reviewing each story, the selection committee may look at how nurses:
- Recognized obvious and subtle needs of patients or their loved ones.
- Used their skills and talents to address concerns for other people.
- Eased pain and offered hope in ways that were meaningful to patients or their loved ones.
- Exemplified the kind of nurse that patients, loved ones and staff recognize as an outstanding role model.
- Mobilized resources to assist patients and loved ones in their time of need.
- Modeled Mayo Clinic's RICH TIES — Respect, Integrity, Compassion, Healing, Teamwork, Innovation, Excellence and Stewardship — values in their everyday work.
Make a nomination
Complete and submit the The DAISY Award Nomination Form.
"Our 88-year-old mother was a patient for two weeks. Mom was on a roller coaster; we never knew what to expect. Everything was new and frightening to us as we watched her struggle to live. Through it all, Tami was there, working tirelessly, diligently, helping Mom and us understand issues and ramifications. She patiently explained things to us, sometimes more than once, until we got it. Of utmost importance to her was mom's comfort. Tami was also concerned about each of us as we went through our own emotional and exhausting roller coaster rides. We looked forward each day to seeing Tami. She obviously cared deeply for mom. Tami became like family. I wanted to hug her hello and goodbye. Every day, her knowledge and skills were evident. For example, the day mom's oxygen saturation was dropping, chest tubes were in. Tami analyzed the best position to put mom into with those tubes to maximize oxygen saturation. It worked. Tami's tireless, devoted and skilled passion for our mother's well-being made a huge impression on us. She stood out as a nurse willing and able to go beyond the normal call of duty."
See who has been nominated for The DAISY Award in the past.
About The DAISY Award
When 33-year-old Patrick Barnes died of an autoimmune disease, his family struggled with how to celebrate his memory. They found their answer in the compassion, sensitivity and caring of the nurses who cared for Pat. His family members established the not-for-profit DAISY Foundation, which stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. Learn more.
"When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced firsthand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide acutely ill patients every day and night, says Bonnie Barnes, president and co-founder of The DAISY Foundation. "Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the superhuman work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Mayo Clinic Health System are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award."