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Daisy Award Winners—Recognizing Extraordinary Nurses

Daisy AwardsDAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at 33 of ITP, an auto-immune disease. The Barnes Family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created this national award to say thank you to nurses everywhere.

Anyone can nominate a nurse for the DAISY Award. The DAISY Award committee selects one nurse who exemplifies the following characteristics each month:

  • Established a special connection with a patient/family
  • Has significantly made a difference in the life of a patient
  • Shows empathy in all situations
  • Is an outstanding role model for the nursing profession
  • Generates enthusiasm and energy towards meeting the challenges of nursing
  • Consistently exhibits excellent interpersonal skills
  • Exemplifies the essence of professional nursing in all activities

Each month’s winner receives a nominee pin, a DAISY Award recipient pin, a Healer’s Touch hand carved statue and an award certificate. In addition, the selected nurse’s unit receives a banner to post for the month and freshly baked cinnamon rolls for everyone on the day the award is presented.

To nominate a nurse, fill out this form and return it to the Nursing Administration office at Northside Hospital Gwinnett or Northside Hospital Duluth. 

Recipients of the DAISY Award

View our previous Daisy Award winners.


2019 DAISY Award Winners

September 2019

Iudita Berrar, a nurse in the NICU received the DAISY Award for September. 


July 2019

Diana Torres, a nurse in Medical Telemetry at GMC-Duluth was named the July DAISY Award winner. Excerpts from her two nominations follow:  

From the moment she walked in, she immediately demonstrated care to my mom by talking to her and holding her hand. She paid attention to details with her hygiene and comfort. She continued to check on her and took the time to talk to us every step of the way, offering hope.

The most important quality was her advocacy for my mom to stay two additional days to finish the IV antibiotics and hydration. Being able to swallow before being discharged made all the difference. She was relentless and I will be eternally grateful for her going beyond and above expectations!

She is a very nice RN with strong clinical skills. She provided compassionate care and treated me as if I was a VIP patient. She is a very hard working nurse! 

June 2019

Christine Harrison, Lactation Services, was named the June DAISY Award winner. Here's what a co-worker had to say about Christine:

I delivered a healthy baby girl in October of 2018. Being a first time mom, I knew there would be challenges. On the other hand, I felt like my background as a Labor & Delivery nurse would help give me an advantage in my new role as a mommy. I became frustrated very early on, because we were both struggling with breastfeeding. I help teach other people how to breast feed their babies, yet I couldn’t get my baby to latch correctly?! Even though I knew lots of tip and tricks, I struggled with my supply. She was losing weight and had jaundice, and I was exhausted. I needed help and Christine was there for me. She is an exceptional nurse. Every minute, (that turned into hours) she spent working with my baby and me was a gift. She was patient and always had encouraging words. She listened to me through my tears.

I can honestly say that the reason I didn’t give up on breastfeeding is because of her knowledge, expertise and kindness. In fact, my baby has only had breast milk and she is now six months old. I can’t describe how important that is to me and feel like she dramatically changed our lives for the better. She is an extraordinary nurse!

May 2019

Elizabeth Mullinax, RN, PCU on 4 North received the May DAISY Award, after being nominated for this honor by a patient and fellow nurse. Here's what this individual had to say about her:  

Elizabeth Mullinax recognized I was septic and got orders to treat me appropriately. I am a nurse and became an MRT. I heard her in the background saying, “I’m following the green sepsis sheet, and I’ve only given a 250 bolus of fluids and albumin. I need a two liter bolus.” I feel she saved my life that day. Her quick action made both me and my husband feel I was in competent and compassionate hands.



April 2019

Christa Perry, an RN with Medical/Heart Failure at GMC-Lawrenceville is the April DAISY Award winner. An excerpt from her nomination follows:

Christa is professional, understanding, patient, courteous and at the same time not willing to put up with any nonsense. She appears to be a great leader and teacher to those in her charge, and their respect shows. Greatly impressed with the entire staff, but she definitely, outshines them all.

She has been extremely kind to my father and our family. My mom and dad arrived at GMC in ambulances on the same day. She lifted all of our spirits. She has taken my dad to ICU to see my mother. She playfully jokes around with him. He suffers from anxiety, which she understands, has been so patient, when I his daughter was emotional. She comforted and encouraged me. She has been an exceptional nurse to my father and our family. She is highly deserving of an award.

March 2019

Anne Hysong, Clinical Nurse Specilist, ICU/IMCU, GMC-Duluth, was named the March DAISY Award winner. Here's an excerpt from her nomination:

When I was a patient, she would come in early every morning. She would say “You look uncomfortable.” She would take the time to maneuver me in the bed. She would then just sit and talk to me. She even gave me a hug. You know people just don’t do that anymore, but to me, that meant so much! As an old man having gone through chemo treatment, I really needed that. She is the Clara Barton of this hospital. She really cares about all the patients.


January 2019

Abby Markham, an RN with Surgical/Ortho at GMC-Duluth, is the January DAISY Award winner. An excerpt from her nomination follows:

Abby  was caring for a patient who needed a below the knee amputation but was refusing. She took the time to really talk to him and his wife regarding their fears. She felt if the patient and his spouse met a patient who had had an amputation and lived a full life, his mind might be changed. She called an agency and asked if they had a patient who had a BKA that would be open to talking with this patient. They sent an RN who had a BKA. She came and talked to our patient who was then given hope for a full life. Patient agreed to amputation which will likely save his life.