The DAISY Award

The DAISY Award

What is The DAISY Award?

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. NGHS is proud to be a DAISY Award Partner.

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem.

Learn more about the DAISY Awards

The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses

The DAISY Award honorees personify Northeast Georgia Health System’s remarkable patient experience. These nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care. They are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community.

Criteria & Recognition

Nominees of the DAISY Award make a difference in the lives of patients and families by exemplifying the Mission, Vision and Core Values of NGHS.

Each DAISY Award Honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit and will receive: a beautiful certificate, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch.

Additionally, everyone in the unit will celebrate with cinnamon rolls – a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness. The Barnes Family asks that whenever and wherever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment and think about how special they are.

The DAISY Team Award

The DAISY Foundation recognizes that while an idea to achieve better patient and family outcomes may start with one individual, it often takes an entire team to implement successfully. The DAISY Team Award is designed to honor collaboration by two or more people, led by a nurse, who identify and meet patient and/or patient family needs by going above and beyond the traditional role of nursing.

Criteria & Recognition

Nominees of The DAISY Team Award make a difference in the lives of patients and families by exemplifying the Mission, Vision and Core Values of NGHS.

Nominees must also meet the following criteria:

  • Teams must be led by a nurse or group of nurses
  • Teams must be comprised of 2 or more individuals
  • Team members are role models of collaboration and teamwork who make a difference in the lives of patient, families, employees, and the community
  • The Team's project should be described in detail, including outcomes

Each honoree of The DAISY Team Award will be recognized at a public ceremony and will receive a beautiful certificate and a DAISY Award pin.

Some examples of extraordinary collaborations that may be honored with The Daisy Team Award include:

  • A "Prom" organized for a patient who is unable to go to his/her own
  • An ED team dealing with multiple accident victims
  • A wedding for a patient who is unable to attend her/his own outside of the healthcare facility
  • A fund to provide haircults to patients who will lose their hair during treatment, then donating the hair to a charitable organization who can put the hair to good use
  • A process for creating mementos of patients to be given to family members

The DAISY Nurse Leader Award

The DAISY Nurse Leader Award honorees personify Northeast Georgia Health System’s remarkable patient experience. These nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care. They are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community.

As the healthcare landscape becomes more complex with increasing demands on nurse leaders, those who create an environment of compassion and recognition for others strongly deserve to be recognized themselves. With recognition, they may be held up as models of outstanding nursing leadership.

Despite working under tremendous pressure, nurses are inspired to do their very best by nurse leaders who role-model caring behaviors. These leaders provide a setting where compassion is valued and staff, in turn, treat patients and their families with deep humanity.

The DAISY Nurse Leader Award recognizes directors, nurse managers, assistant nurse managers, and nurse educators who create an environment where compassionate care thrives.

Criteria & Recognition

Nominees of The DAISY Nurse Leader Award make a difference in the lives of patients and families by exemplifying the Mission, Vision and Core Values of NGHS.

Nominees must also meet the following criteria:

  • Role models compasssion and exemplary practice
  • Role models behavior perceieved as extraordinary
  • Creates an environment that fosters care and compassion
  • Creates an environment where attributes of trust, compassion, mutual respect, continued professional development, and ethical behaviors are modeled and supported
  • Motivates staff with a shared vision and enthusiasm to achieve better outcomes for themselves and for their patients
  • Mentors staff
  • Accessible, available, and responsive to the needs of others, encouraging critical thinking and problem solving for individuals and with the context of teams
  • Promotes and enhances the image of nursing within the organization, the community, and the profession

Each Daisy Nurse Leader Award honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony and will receive a beautiful certificate and a DAISY Award pin.

Visit the DAISY Foundation to learn more about the DAISY Awards

How to Nominate an Extraordinary Nurse

Please complete the form on this page. In your nomination, share how your nurse is a deserving recipient of The DAISY Award because he/she made a difference in the life of a patient and/or family by exemplifying the NGHS Mission and Core Values.

Please tell us about yourself so that we may include you in the celebration of this award should the nurse you nominate be chosen.

Thank you for taking the time to nominate an extraordinary, compassionate nurse for this award. If you have any questions, please contact Employee Services at 770-219-2884.

Nomination Form

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    Many people in our community are sewing masks for our healthcare workers. We have created some mask sewing instructions and information about drop-off locations. Get detailed mask-making instructions here.

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There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, so the best way to avoid infection is to avoid exposure. Here are simple steps you can take to lower your risk of catching or spreading illness:

  • Wear a mask – a cloth face cover can protect other people in case you are infected. Everyone should wear a cloth face cover in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
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  • Monitor your health daily –  Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Learn more by visiting the CDC COVID-19 website.

In late January, NGHS created a Coronavirus Task Force including leaders from across the system to begin preparing for the possibility that our facilities and staff may see patients with COVID-19.

We have been following the guidance of the CDC and are working to ensure staff are diligent in following standard protocol to ask patients about their travel history. In the event that additional preparation is needed, this team will move swiftly to follow any new guidance.

About COVID-19 Testing:

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