Published on January 15, 2016

NMMC to Launch DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

TUPELO, Miss.—North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo is launching the DAISY Award for outstanding nurses in 2016.

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary compassionate and skillful care given by nurses every day. These nurses are respectful, anticipate needs, share information, promote teamwork, and encourage patient and family participation. They are recognized as outstanding role models.

Patients, visitors, physicians and employees may nominate a deserving nurse by filling out a nomination form and submitting it to NMMC’s Nursing Leadership Department. Nomination forms are available throughout NMMC or at

NMMC will honor one nurse each month with a DAISY Award beginning in January. Each honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit and will receive a certificate, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch.

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system. During Barnes’ eight-week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to him but to everyone in his family. So one of the goals they set in creating a Foundation in his memory was to recognize extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the super-human work they do every day.

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