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Daisy Award 

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The Phoenix VA Health Care System is proud to be a DAISY award partner, recognizing our selected nurses with this special honor each quarter. 

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary compassionate and skillful care given by nurses every day. These nurses' clinical skills and especially compassionate care exemplify the kind of nurse that patients, their families, and other staff recognize as an outstanding role model. They consistently demonstrate the Department of Veterans Affairs core values of Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (ICARE).

What is the DAISY Foundation?

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33, from complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP). During his eight-week hospital stay, his family was impressed by the care and compassion his nurses provided, not only to him but to everyone in the family. They created the DAISY Award, in Pat’s memory, to recognize the nurses making a big difference in the lives of so many.

How to nominate an extraordinary Phoenix VA nurse

Veterans and/or their family or colleagues may nominate a deserving nurse by filling out the Electronic DAISY Nomination form below and turning it in to the nurse’s station, or emailing it to