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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:

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

Latest Honoree

Caitlyn Becker, RN | Fall 2021

Caitlyn is a Nursing Supervisor at Myrtue.

Caitlyn is a leader who will go above and beyond for the patients she cares for and staff she works with. Recently, Caitlyn answered a call from a patient's wife who was having difficulty with her husband's BiPAP machine. The husband had recently been discharged from the hospital and needed BiPAP during the night. After trying to talk the wife through the connections and operations of the machine, the wife was still having difficulty. Caitlyn then decided to go to the patient's home on her break to troubleshoot the issue. In the end, the BiPAP machine did not work and Caitlyn followed up with the home health agency and assured that the patient was seen the next day with new equipment. Caitlyn takes accountability for making sure there are no loose ends in patient care.

She also has experience in many areas of nursing, is flexible, and adaptable. The same night has the BiPAP machine issue, she delivered a baby in the OB department on a unexpectedly quick delivery. Her leadership and experience is a huge asset to the nursing team, especially when anything can happen during a shift and these situations requires a cool head and quick thinking. One of her coworkers said of her, “You were so calm. I couldn’t even tell you were about to deliver that baby!”

These examples are only a couple snapshots of the times Caitlyn has displayed compassionate care for her patients and co-workers. She is a nursing leader who will stop at nothing to do what is right for her patients. Her care goes beyond the hospital walls as she also volunteers on the Avoca Rescue Squad. Caitlyn is all around a service oriented, kind, and caring nurse. She is a well chosen DAISY Award recipient. Congratualtions Caitlyn!

See 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.