Daisy Awards

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DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem. The DAISY Foundation was formed by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), an auto-immune disease, in 1999. Touched by the care and compassion of the nurses caring for him, his family developed recognition programs to honor and celebrate direct care nurses, nursing faculty, and nursing students. Exceptionally skilled and compassionate nursing educators play a pivotal role in shaping the nursing workforce and setting an example for future nurses.




Exceptionally skilled and compassionate nursing educators play a pivotal role in shaping the nursing workforce and setting an example for future nurses.

Our SONHP educators disseminate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for future nurses to provide compassionate and complex care. SONHP wants to contribute to a healthy work and learning environment by recognizing your impact.

The landscape of nursing practice and education has evolved significantly. Nurses now practice across a broader, more complex, and ever-changing continuum. As a result, education begins in nursing schools and extends into various practice settings.

Nursing schools are where faculty and instructors launch undergraduates' careers and advance graduate students' skills. In healthcare organizations, clinical educators, nursing professional development (NPD) practitioners, mentors, and preceptors ensure that students, new graduates, and nurses transitioning into specialty practice are competent and confident in their skills. These educators also keep clinicians updated on evidence-based practice. All these roles are crucial in ensuring that the public receives care from educated, competent, and proficient nurses.

Undergraduate and graduate students, preceptors, residents, clinicians, and professionals across the spectrum of nursing education, from practical/vocational to advanced practice nurses, are encouraged to nominate educators committed to improving practice and advancing patient care. Colleagues of educators and students alike are invited to share compelling stories highlighting teaching, mentoring, compassion, and care.

Fall 2024 Nomination Form 



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The DAISY Nursing Students Award is designed to remind students why they want to be nurses even on the hardest days in nursing school. By recognizing nursing students for the above-and-beyond care and compassion shown to patients and their families, we celebrate what it truly means to be a nurse.

We honor the nurse-patient connection that makes all the difference to patients and their families in their healthcare experience and makes great nurses genuinely great.

Fall 2024 Nomination Form



SONHP Daisy Awards Coordinators:

  • Sara Horton-Deutsch and Nancy Taquino
  • Administrative Assistant: pending
  • Communications: Carolina Echeverria

Program Eligibility:

  • Be a current SONHP Nurse Educator (full-time or part-time faculty)
  • Be a current nursing Student (pre-licensure and post-licensure)
  • Be an active SONHP member (teaching or studying the semester they are nominated to receive this recognition)
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Be nominated by an active member of SONHP

Nomination Criteria:

Nominees consistently pursue the School of Nursing and Health Professions' mission, which is to improve the health of all populations through equitable and compassionate service, value-driven research, and innovative nursing and health professions education, preparing learners to use their hearts, minds, and souls to change the health of the world.

DAISY Award recipients are SONHP members who exemplify the SONHP values:

  • Courage to challenge existing paradigms to advance health equity and achieve health justice.
  • Community that fosters collaborative action for positive change.
  • Diversity, in all its forms, to ensure inclusivity and belonging.
  • Excellence that instills responsibility, accountability, professionalism and a desire for personal growth and lifelong learning.
  • Ethical practice that reflects humanistic ideals, and upholds the inherent dignity and worth of each individual.
  • Scholarly inquiry that seeks the best evidence and promotes the highest levels of scientific integrity.

Daisy Award Coordinators and Dean will evaluate all nominations prior to the end of the semester (Fall and Spring) and select:

  • One Extraordinary Nurse Educator per semester (all campuses)
  • Two Extraordinary Nursing Students per semester (all campuses)
    • One from a pre-licensure program (BSN, ME MSN) and
    • One from a graduate program (RN-MSN, DNP, or cert NP).

Awards will be presented during the All School Daisy Awards Ceremony by the end of each semester (Fall and Spring), along with the Dean’s Medal for Promoting Professionalism, The Pam Bunnell CNL Excellence Award, and the Frances Monet Carter Award for Clinical Excellence in Psychiatric Nursing.

Fall 2024 Nomination Form