Daisy Award

Nova Scotia Health Authority has partnered with the DAISY Foundation to provide The DAISY Award, an international program recognizing nurses who weave excellence in clinical expertise with human compassion and empathy.

What is the DAISY Award?

The DAISY Foundation was started in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died from complications an auto-immune disease at the age of 33. DAISY stands for Diseases Affecting the Immune System. Patrick's family was so touched by the compassionate care they received from nurses while he was ill, they started the DAISY Foundation in his memory. The DAISY award is given to outstanding nurses in more than 200 hospitals across the United States. Nova Scotia Health Authority is one of only two organizations in Canada to partner with the Daisy program.

Who is eligible for the DAISY Award?

DAISY Award recipients are shining examples of Healthier Together, and contribute consistently to our vision of becoming a world-leading haven for people-centred health healing and learning. It is awarded to nurses recognized by peers, patients, family members, physicians and members of the public as outstanding role models in the nursing community, displaying professionalism, empathy and compassion.

How do I nominate someone for the DAISY Award?

Patients, visitors, Nova Scotia Health Authority  employees, or physicians may nominate a deserving Nurse (RN or LPN) in the following ways:

  • Complete a DAISY Award Nomination Form and email it to Tracy Hanlon
  • Pick up a form from any nursing unit within Capital Health and drop it off to any member of the health care team on the unit
  • Pick up a form from any nursing unit within Capital Health and mail it to:

Professional Practice
7B-125 Centennial
1276 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scoita
B3H 2Y9

How are recipients selected?

The Daisy award recipient is selected every three months by nursing peers from the District Nursing Advisory Council.

What do DAISY Award recipients receive?

Honorees will receive:

  • Certificate
  • DAISY Award pin
  • Sculpture hand-carved by artists of the Shone Tribe in Africa called A Healer’s Touch
  • Gift certificate for Cinnabon

The story of cinnamon 

While Patrick Barnes was in the hospital, one of the few things he could and would eat was Cinnabons. The smell of cinnamon became a powerful metaphor to symbolize Pat’s hospitalization. The DAISY Foundation founders ask that the story and smell of cinnamon serve as a reminder of compassion nurses have for their patients. They carry on this tradition by providing certificates for Cinnabons to all Award recipients.

For more information about Daisy Awards please contact :

Tracy Hanlon
Tel: 902-473-4766

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