The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Honor the compassion and care bedside nurses provide their patients everyday
DAISY Award honorees personify Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s remarkable
patient experience. These nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through
their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care, and they
are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community.
About The DAISY Foundation
The DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 by the family of J. Patrick
Barnes who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic
Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. (DAISY is an acronym
for diseases attacking the immune system.) During Pat’s 8 week hospitalization,
his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided
not only to Pat but to everyone in his family. So one of the goals they
set in creating a Foundation in Pat’s memory was to recognize extraordinary
nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many
people by the super-human work they do every day.
What is The DAISY Award?
The DAISY Award is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the
extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every
day. Saint Barnabas Medical Center is proud to be a DAISY Award Hospital
Partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor every month
To find out more about the program, including the growing list of Hospital
Partners, please go to
How To Nominate An Extraordinary Nurse
All patients and their families and visitors, along with Saint Barnabas
Medical Nurse nurses, physicians, volunteers, and employees are welcome
to nominate a Saint Barnabas Medical Center Nurse for the DAISY Award.
To share your story of the extraordinary compassion and care provided
by a Saint Barnabas nurse to our patients, please email Eileen Lamb, RN,
MSN, CCRN-K, Critical Care Clinical Coordinator, at
Daisy Award Nomination Criteria
- Any Registered Nurse who has been employed by Saint Barnabas Medical Center
for the past 6 months and currently functions in a clinical setting.
- Obtains an excellent performance evaluation by nurse manager/supervisor.
- Exhibits Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s mission of providing compassionate
care, healthcare excellence and superior service.
The daisy criterion incorporates the IOM six aims of safety, patient-centeredness,
effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness, and equity. These aims have been
embraced by Saint Barnabas Medical Center to ensure the best care possible.
Must exemplify at least one of the following criteria:
- Demonstrates the importance of communication in the delivery of quality
and safe patient care as evident by working in conjunction with the multidisciplinary
team in providing quality safe patient care.
- Demonstrates commitment to the development and implementation of organizational
goals, priorities, and strategies as evident by committee, council or
- Demonstrates excellence in the delivery of individualized patient care.
- Delivers quality and safe patient care guided by policies, procedures,
- Implements current evidence based practice by developing policy, educational
material for patients and families, and/or co-workers.
- Promotes, designs, develops, and implements patient safety and quality
initiatives or programs that increase safety and quality care, such as
reduction in nosocomial wounds, falls, failure to rescue and/or maintaining
95% or higher compliance in core measures.
- Initiates or participates in research with outcomes related to patient
safety and quality.
- Promotes safety and quality patient care by contributing to committees
at the local, state, and or national level.
Criteria and qualification will be validated and voted upon by the Nursing