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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

Courtnee Albers, RN | Fall 2023

Courtnee is a nurse in Myrtue's Inpatient and Birthing Center.

During my hospital stay for Crohn's disease and positional vertigo, I was feeling miserable, dizzy, and lethargic. Courtnee noticed that I had not received medication that was available to me for over 24 hours, and took it upon herself to administer it every eight hours. She also contacted my doctor for permission to provide ice chips, and soon after, water and Jell-O. These small but significant gestures contributed to my overall improvement throughout the day.

When I was admitted, I was feeling distraught and upset due to the severity of my vertigo. But Courtnee's kindness, compassion, and proactive care made all the difference in my recovery. I am incredibly thankful for her help and support during this difficult time. 1,000 times, "Thank you!"

Courtnee has received two nominations for the DAISY Award since beginning employment at Myrtue Medical Center.

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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