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The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses in Memory of J. Patrick Barnes

The DAISY Award® 

Inspira invites nominations for The DAISY Award®, which recognizes outstanding licensed nurses for their skillful and compassionate care. Each quarter, nurses from the Inspira staff will be chosen to receive the award. 

History of the DAISY Award®

At age 33, J. Patrick Barnes passed away due to complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). His family was so impressed by the compassionate care he received during his hospital stay that they decided to create The DAISY Foundation and The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses as a way to say, “Thank you.” Patrick’s wife, Tena, came up with the acronym DAISY, which stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. 

Nominate an Extraordinary Inspira Nurse

Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians and employees may nominate a deserving and outstanding licensed nurse who exemplifies Inspira’s commitment to patient care. Our nurses play a crucial role in the patient’s treatment plan and are integral to our organization. Nominating a nurse for the DAISY Award® allows them to be recognized for the high-level, extraordinary care they provide on a daily basis.

Select the campus below to fill out the form to nominate an award-worthy Inspira nurse:

DAISY Award® Winners

DAISY Award® winners are selected quarterly by committees at each campus. The winning honorees are celebrated within their department and receive a DAISY tote bag containing The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses certificate, a DAISY Award® pin and the Healer’s Touch sculpture. Winners are also eligible for additional benefits through The DAISY Foundation, including discounted tuition rates and scholarship opportunities. 

deborah joseph daisy award winner
Deborah Joseph, B.S.N., R.N., of Inspira Woodbury's Behavioral Health unit

“Since day one, Debbie has helped me with all my needs. When there were problems with my medications and I was having anxiety attacks, she got right on it to make sure that I got what I needed. When I felt uncomfortable or just needed an ear, she was right there. I never had a nurse so dedicated to her job. She truly deserves to be noticed. I thank her so much.” – Inspira Woodbury Patient 

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The PETAL Award 

Performing Exceptional Tasks Affirming Lives the Petal Award Inspira Health

Every DAISY has its petals. The PETAL Award is a recognition program that honors the performance, dedication and diligence of Inspira’s nursing support partners. Inspira welcomes PETAL Award nominations for nursing assistants, patient support technicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers and unit clerks. 

The PETAL Award is administered by the Nursing Department to thank those who partner with nurses to care for patients and their families. Aligning with the DAISY Award® for nursing staff, the PETAL Award celebrates those who provide the “wow” experience in all aspects of care. 

Select the campus below to fill out the form to nominate an extraordinary caregiver:

PETAL Award Winners 

PETAL Award winners will be recognized at a public ceremony and reception in their unit and will receive an award certificate, a Circle of Friends sculpture and an Edible Arrangement or cookie tray. 

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