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: Lauren Montaine, RN

The quarterly Nationwide Children’s Hospital Daisy Award was presented to Lauren Montaine, RN of C4B. 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 Lauren’s nominator: “Lauren cared for us, not just for my grandchild. She had to go through over two hours of wound change every day and Lauren got my daughter involved, made her feel so desperately like the mother she was dying to be! … As my daughter was holding our beautiful child preparing to watch her die, Lauren kneeled and gave her all the words of strength she could think of. … Lauren is literally an angel on earth! How fitting that she should be awarded the Daisy award for simply loving our child! Thank you, Lauren and the entire team. We will never forget you.”