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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

Michelle Wageman, RN, BSN | Spring 2024

Michelle is a nurse in Myrtue's Inpatient department.

"This nomination is way overdue. Michelle was my elderly mother's nurse. Mom was admitted to Myrtue Medical Center after being discharged from another facility after a fractured hip repair. She was very ill at the time. Michelle was amazing in addressing each health issue that mom had. She very quickly and efficiently evaluated each problem, contacted the primary care provider with suggestions and implemented a new plan of care as needed. She was efficient but always had time to chat and listen. Although my mom was elderly She made her and our family feel like we were the most important people in the world to her. Her kindness put us at the ease. She even came back in the room to check on us after her shift was over. I honestly believe her care was the reason mom was able to return to original living situation.

Thanks Michelle!"

Michelle has received six # DAISY Award nominations since Myrtue implemented the program in 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.

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