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Sioux Falls VA Health Care System


Daisy Award

Daisy Award

Nomination Form

What is The DAISY Award?
The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 from complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP). During his eight-week hospital stay, his family was impressed by the care and compassion his nurses provided, not only to him but to everyone in the family. They created the DAISY Award in Pat’s memory to recognize those nurses who make a big difference in the lives of so many people.

Our DAISY Award honorees demonstrate VA’s I CARE principles. They also exhibit excellence through their clinical expertise and compassionate care. They are recognized as role models in our nursing community. The Sioux Falls VA Health Care System is proud to be a DAISY Award partner and will recognize a permanent full time (65 hours or greater per pay period) Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Registered Nurse (RN) or an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner (APNP) with this special honor every quarter. Each DAISY Award honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in her/his clinic/unit, and will receive:

  • a beautiful certificate
  • a DAISY Award pin
  • a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch

In addition, the honoree’s clinic/unit will celebrate with cinnamon rolls – a favorite of Patrick’s. The Barnes family asks that whenever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment and think about how special they are.

How to Nominate an Extraordinary Nurse
Patients, families, visitors, nurses, physicians, and other employees may fill out a nomination form and drop into designated DAISY boxes or designated areas in the medical center, Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) and Home Based Primary Clinic (HBPC).