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About  the DAISY Award?

The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune system) Award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day. The DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of the auto-immune disease ITP in 1999. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family. When he died, they felt compelled to say “thank you” to nurses in a very public way. 

Please say thank you by sharing your story about an extraordinary nurse at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

meaningful recognition

Research supports the powerful impact of meaningful recognition, and the DAISY Award is a great example. Over 4800 health care facilities around the world use the DAISY Award to recognize extraordinary nurses. Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is proud  recognize our nurses with this special honor.

How to Nominate a Nurse

Honorees are nominated by patients, families, colleagues and with use of a criteria, chosen by peers.

There are 3 methods to submit a nomination form:

  1. To access an electronic nomination form or a PDF (print file),  go to 
  2. Scan the QR code located on DAISY  posters in elevators, hospital  entrances or  DAISY buttons  worn by nurses.
  3. While  in the hospital building to go  the nearest nurse’s station and ask  about how to recognize and  nominate your nurse for the DAISY Award.
Click here to nominate a nurse
Click button to nominate a nurse online!

Click here for a downloadable version of this form

Please visit to learn more about the history of this award.