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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

Deb Busing, RN | Spring 2021

Deb is Dr. Erlbacher's pod nurse in the Rural Health Clinic.

Deb was nominated for the DAISY Award by the daughter of two current patients. The nomination read, Deb is always welcoming whenever the patients come in for their visits and this helps them feel like they are not just "another patient". She also explains how Deb is always prepared by reviewing their records beforehand and has everything updated in the systems. Another reason the daughter thought Deb would be the perfect honoree was because of how helpful Deb was when the father started to see his primary care provider as his VA provider. The family wasn't familiar with this process and Deb helped them every step of the way. Lastly, the daughter states how Deb makes calls to the family, sometimes way past her normal working hours, to follow up on issues and visits. She continually goes above and beyond in so many ways and does so much more than what we even see. Congratulations Deb!

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.