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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, nursing team or nurse leader nominated by either their nursing and interprofessional colleagues or by patients 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. 

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 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.

Nomination Instructions

Patients, family members, visitors, fellow nurses, and colleagues may nominate a deserving nurse, nurse leader, or nursing team by completing a nomination form for the selection committee to review. Nominations may be submitted through the forms linked below, or printed, filled out and mailed to the RN Council office.

Selection Process

Nominations are reviewed quarterly by the DAISY Award Committee led by the RN Council Co-Chairs. This committee is comprised of various nurses, nurse leaders and family advisory network members. You will be notified if your nominee is selected for an award and invited to participate in the award presentation. We aim to honor 12 DAISY Awards per year.  Each nurse who is nominated for the award, regardless of whether they are the Honoree, will receive a copy of the nomination and a DAISY Nominee pin.

Thank you for helping us recognize our nurses!