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 Winner: Danielle Aquila, RN

The quarterly Nationwide Children’s Hospital Daisy Award was presented to Danielle Aquila, RN, of H5B. 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.

Danielle received the Daisy Award for going above and beyond to make a patient and their family comfortable and confident during their stay.

Says Danielle’s nominator, the parent of the patient: “My son was involved in a terrible accident. We were life flighted for injuries. On day three of our stay, my son woke up having a good morning, pain controlled, in good spirits, vital signs good. As the day went on the day changed he just wasn't the same boy as he was in the morning… Our nurse Danielle spoke up to say, ‘He is just not the same boy, I think something is different.’ The doctor listened and ordered an X-ray because of the belly pain and Danielle's assessment. A few tests later my child was in surgery!

Surgery went well and he came back to his room and his belly pain was gone. He was on the road to recovery. If Danielle wasn't as attentive to us not only clinically but personally, we might not have the outcome we do! …Danielle is our super nurse and without her my child would not of had such an amazing recovery of body and soul!”