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West Palm Beach VA Medical Center


The DAISY Award

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in memory of J. Patrick Barnes

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses everyday.

West Palm Beach VA Medical Center is proud to be a DAISY Award Partner, recognizing our selected nurses with this special honor each quarter. These nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care. They are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community.

These nurses' clinical skill and especially compassionate care exemplify the kind of nurse that patients, their families, and other staff recognize as an outstanding role model. They consistently demonstrate the Department of Veterans Affairs core values of integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect and excellence.

What is The DAISY Award?

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33, from complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP). During his eight-week hospital stay, his family was impressed by the care and compassion his nurses provided, not only to him but to everyone in the family. They created the DAISY Award, in Pat’s memory, to recognize the nurses making the big difference, in the lives of so many.

Our DAISY Award honorees demonstrate the VA's I CARE principles: Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, and Excellence.

They also demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and compassionate care. Each nominee is a considered role model in our nursing community. Each recipient will receive a beautiful certificate, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled “A Healer’s Touch”. There will also be an award ceremony in their work area; where the entire crew will celebrate with Cinnabon® cinnamon roles—a favorite of Patrick’s. Whenever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, the Barnes family hopes nurses stop for a moment to think of how special they are.


Help us celebrate our fantastic nurses. To nominate a nurse click on the "nominate a nurse" button below to download a fillable form. Once complete, please submit the form by email to DAISY AWARD OR submit nomination forms in drop boxes located at each CBOC, CLC, Hospice, or main elevator location (all floors) at the West Palm Beach Medical Center, or mail to: West Palm Beach Medical Center, Human Resources (05), attention William Barham, 7305 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach FL 33410
Daisy Award Nomination Form
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