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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 Gwinnett Medical Center. 

GMC Recipients of the DAISY Award

View our previous Daisy Award winners.


2019 DAISY Award Winners

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.