Daisy Award - Nominate a Nurse

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The Daisy Award Foundation was formed in November 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). As Patrick’s family brainstormed what to do in his memory, the one really positive thing they could hold onto from the experience of his eight-week hospitalization was the skillful and amazingly compassionate care he received from his nurses - even when he was totally sedated. When Pat died, his family felt compelled to express their profound gratitude to nurses for the work they do for patients and their families every day. 

Nationwide Children’s Hospital staff, as well as patients and families, can nominate an extraordinary nurse using the links below.

Daisy Award recipients are recognized quarterly and winners receive the national Daisy Award sculpture, a Daisy Award pin and certificate as well as Cinnabon rolls (a favorite of Patrick’s).

Patients, Families, Visitors and Friends

Have you or someone close to you received care from a wonderful nurse? Tell us about him or her! Fill out a Daisy Award Nomination form to nominate your nurse.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Employees

Do you work with an exceptional nurse? Tell us about him or her! Fill out a Daisy Award Nomination form to nominate your co-worker.

Meet Our Latest Daisy Award Winners

Winter 2024: Hailey Scott, RN

The quarterly Nationwide Children’s Hospital Daisy Award was presented to Hailey Scott, RN, of H10B. The Daisy Award is given in appreciation of the important difference our nurses make in the lives of our patients and families at Nationwide Children’s.

Says Hailey’s nominator, a parent of a patient: “Hailey was the most compassionate nurse we have ever met. Her patience and kindness can never be matched. My son had an unresponsive episode during her shift and not only was she calm, collected and comforting during arguably the worst moment of my family’s life, she made sure to come back later once everything was calmed down, answer questions and debrief the trauma we experienced with us. She went as far as to come back and check on us another day when she wasn’t even assigned to care for my son. We had so many amazing nurses during my son’s hospitalization, but I can confidently say that Hailey does the nursing profession proud and she goes above and beyond the call of duty.”

 

Fall 2023: Ruthy (Qingjun) Schumacher, RN

The quarterly Nationwide Children’s Hospital Daisy Award was presented to Ruthy (Qingjun) Schumacher, RN, of C4A NICU. The Daisy Award is given in appreciation of the important difference our nurses make in the lives of our patients and families at Nationwide Children’s.

Says Ruthy’s nominator, a parent of a patient: “Our son was a patient in C4A for a long period of time. We met Ruthy just a few days into our stay there after transitioning from a different hospital. I was very overwhelmed as a mom of a fragile baby and in a new environment and Ruthy went above and beyond to ensure me that our son would be well taken care of and loved while there. … Even when she wasn’t his nurse for the day, she always made time to come say hi to us. She was always a great advocate for our son and family and ensuring we had exceptional care. She is truly so special and deserves all of the recognition for how incredible of a nurse she is.”