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The DAISY Award is a prestigious recognition program celebrating the most passionate, caring, and skillful nurses from around the world.

How to Nominate an Extraordinary Nurse

Say thank you by sharing your story of how a nurse made a difference you will never forget! Anyone may nominate a deserving nurse; patient, patient's family, visitor, physician, or co-worker. All you have to do is fill out this short form (please include as much information as possible that coincides the criteria listed below):

A DAISY Award Honoree will be awarded every May and November of the year. Each Honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in their department and will receive a beautiful certificate, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled, "A Healer's Touch."


If you have any questions, please contact the DAISY Award Coordinator, Christie Matthies at 712.755.4366 or

DAISY Award Criteria:

  1. Models empathy and demonstrates a caring attitude in all situations.
  2. Demonstrates extraordinary clinical skills in the delivery of compassionate patient care.
  3. Has a positive attitude and demonstrates professionalism in the work environment.
  4. Establishes a special connection with the patients and families.
  5. Exemplifies the mission, vision, and values of Myrtue Medical Center.
    1. Mission Statement: Myrtue Medical Center will be a responsive health care leader by providing the highest quality of care for our patients while improving the well-being and health of the communities we serve.
    2. Vision Statement: Myrtue Medical Center will be recognized as a leader in patient experience and community health.
    3. Values of Myrtue Medical Center:
      1. Integrity: truthful, honest, adherence to a moral code
      2. Service: placing the needs of others above our own
      3. Partnership: seek others who match our commitment
      4. Stewardship: use of our resources wisely
      5. Safety: provide environment free of accidental injury

Latest Honoree

Catie Ehlert, RN, C-EFM | Fall 2022

Catie is a nurse in Myrtue's Birthing Center.

Caite was nominated by a recent Birthing Center patient who wrote the following:

"When I was 34 weeks pregnant I started having contractions and thought, I was going to have my baby boy early. When I came in, Catie did everything she could to keep me comfortable and relaxed. She helped me position myself to try to stop the contractions and minimize my pain. She talked to me and with me through the pain.

I then had Catie again when I finally had him at 39 weeks. She helped coach me with pushing and then took care of my son like he was her own. Catie then kept me company throughout the nights during my stay. We shared stories and when I was ready to switch to formula, she supported my decision and made me feel like I wasn’t failing. Catie was the best nurse both times and helped start my post-partum journey without the mom guilt when things went differently than I planned."

Catie has received a total of seven nominations since Myrtue began participation with the DAISY foundation in the spring of 2019.

See Myrtue's past honorees by clicking here.


The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation was created by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease and passed away in 1999. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family. When he died, they felt compelled to say "thank you" to nurses in a very public way.

When a DAISY Award Honoree is announced, everyone in their department will celebrate with cinnamon rolls, a favorite of Patrick's during his illness. The Barnes Family asks that whenever and wherever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment and think about how special they are.

Learn more about the DAISY Award by clicking here.