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Daisy Award


The DAISY Award is an international program that recognizes and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses everyday.  Each month a SickKids nurse, nominated by either their nursing and interprofessional colleagues or by patient and families, is selected to receive the DAISY Award.

The DAISY Award Criteria

DAISY award honorees champion SickKids' Vision of Healthier Children. A Better World. Their clinical skills and especially their compassionate care exemplify the kind of nurse our patients, families and staff recognize as an outstanding role model and leader. 

They demonstrate all of the following:

Innovation… in creating, evaluating and disseminating something new knowledge; in developing and implementing creative approaches for family-centred care, research and education; and in responding to the unique and changing needs of children and of the health-care system.

Excellence… in compassionate family-centred care and service that embraces diversity; in management and decision making; in promoting teamwork and encouraging leadership; and in a safe and healthy environment.

Collaboration… in all our relationships; with families and children throughout the care process; building knowledge and capabilities across the health-care system; and supporting transitions of care and service.

Integrity… in our commitment to accountability and transparency; in respect for all; in effective communication; and in our ethical practices.

About The DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Award was established by the not-for-profit DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation. The Foundation was established in 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). During Pat’s eight week hospitalization his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to Pat but to everyone in his family. The Foundation, created in Pat’s memory, recognizes the extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the super-human work they do everyday.

SickKids has been a proud to be a DAISY Award Hospital Partner since 2008. To find out more about the program, including the growing list of hospital partners, please go to www.DAISYfoundation.org.