All hospitals in the Froedtert & MCW health network participate in The DAISY Award program, a nation-wide program that rewards excellence in nursing. The award was created by The DAISY Foundation to recognize the clinical skills, extraordinary compassion, and care exhibited by nurses every day. Please visit to learn more about Pat's story and how The DAISY Award recognizes extraordinary nurses.

What is the DAISY Award? 

The DAISY Award is an international program that honors the compassionate care and clinical excellence nurses provide for their patients every day. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, and the award is part of the DAISY Foundation. This foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died from complications of an autoimmune disease at the age of 33. During Pat’s 8-week hospital stay, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion of his nurses, so one of the goals of creating a foundation in Pat’s memory was to recognize extraordinary nurses. 

The DAISY Award recipients will be recognized at a public ceremony and will receive: a printed certificate, a DAISY Award signature lapel pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled "A Healer’s Touch."

Nominate a Nurse or Nurse Team

Would you like to recognize a nurse or nurse team who made an important contribution to your health and life during your visit to a Froedtert & MCW hospital? Please tell us about that nurse or nurse team by filling out the online form below. If you are unable to complete the online form below, download a printable nomination form that can be mailed to any location. Nurses may be nominated throughout the year, thank you for taking the time to nominate an extraordinary nurse or nurse team.

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The nominee displays skill, devotion, compassion and enthusiasm — exemplifying the kind of nurse that our patients, their families and our staff recognize as an outstanding role model.

The nominee consistently meets all of the following criteria.

  • Exceeds expectations
  • Promotes a culture of excellence
  • Builds healthy relationships
  • Commitment to advancing the profession of all nurses
100-word minimum. Note: If using a mobile device to enter this Nomination, you can easily enter your story by selecting the microphone button on your device and dictating your story instead of typing.”

Example: My 88 year old mother was a patient for 2 weeks. Mom was on a roller coaster and we never knew what to expect. Everything was new and frightening to us as we watched her struggle to live. Through it all, Tami was there working tirelessly and diligently. She helped Mom and us understand issues and ramifications. She patiently explained things to us, sometimes more than once, until we got it. Mom’s comfort was of utmost importance to her. Tami expressed repeatedly that she was also concerned about each of us (Mom’s family), as we went through our own emotional and exhausting roller coaster rides. We looked forward each day to seeing Tami. She obviously cared deeply for Mom. Tami became like family to us. I wanted to hug her ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’. Every day, her knowledge and skills were evident. The day Mom’s oxygen saturation was dropping and chest tubes were in, Tami analyzed the best position to put Mom into (with those tubes in) so Mom would have maximum oxygen saturation. It worked! This is just one example of how much Tami helped us. Tami’s tireless, devoted, and skilled passion for our mother’s well being made a huge impression on us. She stood out as a nurse willing and able to go beyond the normal call of duty.

I give my permission to use this nomination in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s "Nurse of the Year Award.”

By checking "Yes" and submitting this online form, you agree to The DAISY Foundation and/or its partners collecting and storing the information you submit, including your personal contact information, in accordance with the DAISY Foundation Privacy and applicable law. The DAISY Foundation or the organization where your nurse works may contact you with questions about your submission.


The DAISY Foundation
Foundation for the Elimination of Diseases Attacking the Immune System
In Memory of J. Patrick Barnes

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