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Daisy Awards

‚ÄčThe DAISY Foundation was formed in 1999, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes                 who died at 33 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). DAISY is an acronym for "Diseases Attacking the Immune System"

Patrick's family was profoundly touched by the care, compassion, and kindness  provided by the nursing staff during his hospitalization. In memory of Patrick, his family was determined to find a way to honor the super-human work nurses do at the bedside every day. The Daisy Award was created out the Barnes family's desire to celebrate and show appreciation to individual nurses, nursing teams and nurse leaders! For more information, please visit The DAISY Foundation.

collage of Daisy award winners at UC San Diego Health

How can you nominate a UCSD Nurse, Leader or Team?

Click here: Daisy Nomination Form

Or, simply email us a great story about your positive UCSD experience.  Be sure to include your nurse's name and unit. Email: daisyaward@ucsd.edu 


What exemplifies our UCSD Daisy Winners?

A unique characteristic of this nationally recognized Daisy award, is that each participating hospital is encouraged to develop their own criteria from which to select a Daisy Award winner. The UC San Diego Health Daisy Committee created the following qualifications based on the organization's core values and mission to provide exceptional patient experiences. 

  • Demonstrates compassionate caring
  • Provides exceptional communication while educating patients and their families
  • Consistently focuses on meeting patient and family goals
  • Significantly "Makes a difference" in the life of a patient
  • Not only listens with one's ears, but with their heart as well
  • Goes above and beyond, working outside of their comfort zone when a critical situation may arise