Nominate your favorite Nationwide Children’s nurse for a Daisy Award!

National Nurse’s Week ends this Sunday on May 12th (which coincidentally is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is considered to be the founder of nursing practice).

There is still time to say “thank you” for that special nurse in your life. In honor of Nursing week we’re rolling out a new recognition program, “The Daisy Awards” for our nursing staff. The Daisy Awards are a national recognition program that we are launching here locally at Nationwide Children’s. The story behind the award is truly touching.

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The national award program was formed in November, 1999, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications from a rare immune condition. As Patrick’s family considered how to honor his memory, they kept coming back to the amazing nursing care he received. They wanted to create a national program to celebrate nursing excellence and the Daisy Awards were born.

Anyone can nominate a Nationwide Children’s nurse for this honor via our website. Winners are selected quarterly from all submissions and Daisy Award recipients will be recognized with a hand-carved sculpture, Daisy Award certificate, Daisy Award pin and Cinnabon rolls (a favorite of Patrick’s). Every nurse who’s nominated receives a copy of the submission form so it’s a perfect way to extend your thanks. Do you know an extraordinary Nationwide Children’s nurse? Nominate him or her today!


Kellie Woodgeard, RN at South High Primary Care Center receiving the DAISY Award

Donna Teach
Donna Teach is Chief Marketing & Communication Officer at Nationwide Children's. Her job is to help the hospital feel "connected" – Connected to each other, connected to our patients and their families, referring physicians, the community and the world.

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