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The DAISY Award

The DAISY Award honors the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day, wherever they practice, in whatever role they serve and throughout their careers. The DAISY Award was created in honor of Patrick J. Barnes, who received treatment here at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), and was so moved by the care of our exceptional nurses, the DAISY Foundation was formed. The DAISY Award is now celebrated all over the country, in partnership with over 4,500 healthcare facilities to provide ongoing recognition of the clinical skill and especially the compassion nurses provide to patients and families all year long.

Nominate your nurse or team

To nominate a nurse for the DAISY Award, the DAISY Nurse Leader Award, or a team for the DAISY Team Award, please fill out the DAISY Nomination web form or the forms below and submit to Melissa Hart at mhart@seattlecca.org.

Daisy Nomination Form

Nurse Leader Award Nomination Form

Daisy Team Nomination Form

About the DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses

Who is eligible for the DAISY Award?

Any nurse (RN) who is in good-standing with their healthcare organization is eligible for a DAISY.

Who may nominate a nurse?

Anyone in the organization may submit a nomination - patients, family members, co-workers, physicians, staff - anyone who experiences or observes extraordinary compassionate care being provided by a nurse. 

How is a nurse chosen to receive the DAISY Award?

At the SCCA, the DAISY Committee is compromised of one nursing supervisor for each nursing department. This Committee normally convenes once every quarter to vote on the nominations. The nominations are made anonymous prior to voting, so that the gender and name of the nominee is unknown to the Committee members. Likewise, the Committee members are not informed of who voted for which candidate. The program is facilitated by the DAISY Coordinator within Clinical Operations.

2022 DAISY Award recipients

Greg Cunningham, MSN, RN, CCRN
Greg Cunningham, MSN, RN, CCRN

"While I was going through this difficult time, Greg was very polite and lighthearted. He made therapy easier and was attentive to our wants and needs. He explained everything he was doing and answered all the questions we had. Thank you for making our experience all the better."

Jeanette Lawson, RN, OCN
Jeanette Lawson, RN, OCN

"Jeanette is the hardest working nurse that I've ever come across. Her tenacity, attention to detail and compassion inspire me to be a better nurse every day. She goes above and beyond for not only her patients but for her coworkers as well. She is someone that many nurses go to for advice, support and guidance. Her passion for her work at SCCA is contagious and that enthusiasm creates such a productive working environment. I know that I can speak for the rest of infusion to say that we are so lucky that she works with us."

Patrick Evans, RN, BSN
Patrick Evans, RN, BSN

"Patrick is an extraordinary leader. His leadership style embodies authenticity, transparency, and kindness. He has taken major strides to make his nurses feel heard and supported. Patrick makes himself readily available to his staff - enforcing an open-door policy and quickly adapting to the pressing needs of the unit. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of a DAISY Award than Patrick Evans."

Jodie David, RN, CHPN, OCN, NC-BC
Jodie David, RN, CHPN, OCN, NC-BC

"Jodie is able to meet with the patient where they are at and then partner with them to better their care. She is an advocate for all patients and routinely uses creative thinking to find ways to help. This nurse is an amazing communicator. I have learned so much from her expertise and caring attitude. Not only does she bring a high level of care to patients, but she also cares for any staff that walks in the door."

Claire Kellogg, BSN, RN
Claire Kellogg, BSN, RN

"From the first visit, Claire made me feel comfortable. She cares for her patients as though we are family. She has been my nurse a couple of times for hydration during my chemo. I know it’s her job to make me comfortable, but it’s more than that. My movements regularly cause the monitor to beep, and every time, even within minutes of each other, she is kind and happy to help. I would request this nurse every visit to SCCA if I could."
 

Jim Clark, BSN, RN, OCN
Jim Clark, BSN, RN, OCN

"Jim is professional, very knowledgeable and always takes time to chat even though at times it is extremely busy. He makes my wife and I feel like we’re the only patients he has. As medical professionals ourselves, this is a hard task to pull off. His caring and appropriately humorous attitude helps get me through difficult days. Laughter is sometimes the best medicine. My wife and I would like this nurse to be recognized for this award. He is a wonderful RN!"

DAISY Team Winner: SCCA Evergreen Health
DAISY Team Winner: SCCA Evergreen Health

“As I reflect on my time spent at SCCA, I realize how much the staff did to instill in us students a deeper confidence in ourselves. I find myself at a loss for words as I try to narrow down all of the incredible experiences, I had at SCCA. From the lab to the clinic, from Rad-Onc to Infusion, and all the other fantastic opportunities like genetics, research, classes, and lunch and learns. The patience my nurses had with me was unending and at every turn there was a new exciting learning opportunity or moment of reflection. Every nurse I worked with embodied the ideal nurse I strive to become.” 

DAISY Team Winner: SCCA UW Medical Center - Northwest
DAISY Team Winner: SCCA UW Medical Center - Northwest

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I had in the lab. You helped me feel confident in my skills and challenged me. You helped me see that being hard on yourself is not the answer to mistakes but rather learning from them and also being kind to yourself. I felt so much growth during my experience in the lab and that wouldn’t have been possible without your patience and support!”

2021 DAISY Award recipients

Isela Chrietzberg, BSN, RN, OCN
Isela Chrietzberg, BSN, RN, OCN

"Isela is whip-smart and an amazing patient advocate. She shows up for colleagues as a resource and team player. Isela is the kind of nurse I would trust to care for my own family and friends. She deserves some recognition for her amazing work ethic, willingness to step in, and deep commitment to her patients."

Geta Moldovan, RN
Geta Moldovan, RN

"Geta is one of the pillars of the Apheresis Unit. She is a strong nurse with vast depth of knowledge and experience. She is dependable and someone you can always count on, whether it's signing up to help out on a busy weekend, working extra on a short-staffed day or helping a new RN perform an uncommon therapeutic apheresis procedure in the middle of the night. She is a role model in her fortitude and dedication to her work."

Tammy Evans, RN, HP (ASCP)
Tammy Evans, RN, HP (ASCP)

"I am thankful to work with Tammy as my nurse for my doctor. She is so caring about every single one of our patients. She goes out of her way to check on folks, ensure they are getting the care they need, follows up on resources and care plans. Our patients and providers are so lucky to have her on the team!"

2020 DAISY Award recipients

Katie Swartz, RN
Katie Swartz, RN

"Katie is kind, compassionate, patient, funny, and wicked smart. She excels at triage, is always asking how she can help, never backs down from a challenge, and makes the lives of our patients (and the rest of us) better with every interaction with her. Her unflagging enthusiasm and cheerful, warm spirit puts a smile on everyone's face, even on the toughest days. I am so glad I get to work with Katie!"

Hannah Huebner, RN, OCN
Hannah Huebner, RN, OCN

"Ms. Huebner has demonstrated compassion, willing to explain the medical procedures and has listened with empathy. When problems happened, she was instrumental in making changes. For 34 years, I have worked with nurses in a professional capacity and longer as a consumer of health care. Ms. Huebner stands out for her empathy, patient care and excellence."