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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

Please 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:

Each DAISY Award 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

Staci Musich, RN | Fall 2020

Staci is a Nurse Navigator in the Specialty Clinic. She helps with assessing patients, providing education, expediting care and being the point of contact for the patient, family and multidisciplinary team.

Staci was nominated by a past patient's daughter who had recently gone through a knee replacement. The patient and her daughter didn't realize how much preparation had to be done before a surgery like this one, and they stated Staci was there to help and answer any questions since the first day. Staci also helped calm all nerves and stress that was occurring before, during and after the surgery. She took her time explaining every little detail and was very patient when the patient's daughter had to translate all the information because the patient is only Spanish speaking. Staci made the patient feel comfortable and special, and she felt cared for. Congratulations Staci!


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.