DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses


The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses recognizes and honors the super-human work inpatient nurses do for patients and families every day.

An acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, The DAISY Foundation was formed in November 1999, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). The nursing care Patrick received when hospitalized profoundly touched his family. Read more about why they started The DAISY Foundation.

Nurses are nominated by anyone - patients, family members, other nurses, physicians, other clinicians and staff - anyone who experiences or observes extraordinary compassionate care being provided by a nurse.

How to Nominate an Inpatient Nurse at Skagit Regional Health

Paper nomination forms are available to fill out throughout both Cascade Valley Hospital and Skagit Valley Hospital or you can fill out a form online. Please click the button for the hospital you would like to nominate from.

How Nurses Are Recognized

Once a nurse is nominated and selected for the Daisy Award, nursing leaders and peers get together for an intimate and special ceremony where the nurse is read their nomination form, honored with a certificate and gifted the Daisy Award statue, The Healers Touch. This statue is hand-carved by a Shona artist in Zimbabwe and symbolizes profound respect and the importance healers play in the community.

The nurse is also recognized on our employee blog, on our website, through social media channels and added to the Daisy Foundation’s website in the Daisy Award Honoree section.