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The DAISY Awards

Ready to nominate someone? Click here for the Nomination Web-Form.
Learn more about the award below!

About The DAISY Award at UVA Health System

The University of Virginia Health System's Professional Nursing Staff Organization (PNSO) is proud to offer the DAISY Award as a way to honor the compassion and care UVA nurses provide their patients every day! Based on a proposal from our direct care nurses to our Chief Nursing Officer and Nursing Cabinet, the PNSO has committed to this national award program. We are inviting nominations monthly, beginning in April 2015, and honoring our first nominees during National Nurses' Week in early May.

"DAISY" is an acronym for "Diseases Attacking the Immune System". The DAISY Award was established by The DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at 33 of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), an auto-immune disease. The Barnes Family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created this national award to say thank you to nurses everywhere.

For more information on The DAISY Award, visit http://daisyfoundation.org/.
Examples of the heartwarming nominations are available there at http://daisyfoundation.org/daisy-award/daisy-nurses.

Nominate a UVA Registered Nurse for The DAISY Award!

The UVAHS Professional Nursing Staff Organization will honor up to two RNs from the UVA Health System each month with a DAISY Award.

Nominations may be submitted by patients, patient families, visitors and fellow UVA employees. Nominations never close - they may be submitted anytime.

The award will be presented by our Chief Nursing Officer as a surprise celebration on the honoree’s unit. Award recipients will receive a framed certificate, a DAISY pin, and a “Healer’s Touch” sculpture, along with a copy of their nomination(s).

Nominees who meet eligibility criteria but are not chosen for the award will receive a certificate, a DAISY nominee pin, a letter from our Chief Nursing Officer, and will have the nomination presented to them as a surprise in front of their peers.

Click here for the Nomination Web-Form.
(For patients or visitors who would like assistance entering this form, please contact PNSO or visit the Patient/Family Education Resource Center in the Lobby of UVA Hospital.)

Congratulations to our UVA DAISY Award Recipients!

*Previous recipients from 2015-2016 can be located here

January 2017

February 2017

March 2017

April 2017

May 2017

June 2017

July 2017

August 2017

  • Colleen Burns, RN Unit-Based Pool, Newborn ICU
  • Ellen "Christy" Rajnes, Clinician II, Nerancy Neuro ICU

September 2017

  • Coming soon!
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