Recognize a Nurse

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

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Honor the compassion and care bedside nurses provide their patients every day.

DAISY Award honorees personify Clara Maass Medical Center’s remarkable patient experience. These nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care, and they are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community.

About The DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. (DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system.) During Pat’s 8 week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to Pat but to everyone in his family. So one of the goals they set in creating a Foundation in Pat’s memory was to recognize extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the super-human work they do every day.

What Is The DAISY Award?

The DAISY Award is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Clara Maass Medical Center is proud to be a hospital partner of the DAISY Foundation, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor every month or quarter.

To find out more about the program, including the growing list of hospital partners, go to

How to Nominate an Extraordinary Nurse

All patients and their families and visitors, along with Clara Maass Medical Nurse nurses, physicians, volunteers, and employees are welcome to nominate a Clara Maass Medical Center Nurse for the DAISY Award. Please click to share your story of the extraordinary compassion and care provided by our nurses to our patients.

Daisy Award Nomination Form

If a non-clinical staff member made your experience at Clara Maass Medical Center extra special, you can nominate that individual for a BEE Award! The BEE Award can be given to any staff member who supports patient care. Learn more or to nominate someone you think should be recognized.

Daisy Award Nomination Criteria

Qualifications/ Eligibility

  • Any Registered Nurse who has been employed by Clara Maass Medical Center for the past 6 months and currently functions in a clinical setting.
  • Obtains an excellent performance evaluation by nurse manager/supervisor.
  • Exhibits Clara Maass Medical Center's mission of providing compassionate care, health care excellence and superior service.

The daisy criterion incorporates the Institute of Medicine’s six aims of safety, patient-centeredness, effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness, and equity. These aims have been embraced by Clara Maass Medical Center to ensure the best care possible.

Must exemplify at least one of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates the importance of communication in the delivery of quality and safe patient care as evident by working in conjunction with the multidisciplinary team in providing quality safe patient care.
  • Demonstrates commitment to the development and implementation of organizational goals, priorities, and strategies as evident by committee, council or initiative involvement.
  • Demonstrates excellence in the delivery of individualized patient care.
  • Delivers quality and safe patient care guided by policies, procedures, and standards
  • Implements current evidence based practice by developing policy, educational material for patients and families, and/or co-workers
  • Promotes, designs, develops, and implements patient safety and quality initiatives or programs that increase safety and quality care, such as reduction in nosocomial wounds, falls, failure to rescue and/or maintaining 95% or higher compliance in core measures.
  • Initiates or participates in research with outcomes related to patient safety and quality.
  • Promotes safety and quality patient care by contributing to committees at the local, state, and or national level.

Criteria and qualifications will be validated and voted upon by the Nursing Awards Committee.

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