DAISY Award for Nursing Instructors


About The DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died (at the age of 33) from complications of the autoimmune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP).  Patrick’s family was very touched by the remarkable compassion and clinical skill demonstrated by Patrick’s nurses during his illness, so they created DAISY to recognize exceptional nurses everywhere.  The DAISY Foundation is dedicated to saying "thank you" to nurses and is now proud to recognize nursing students for their care of patients and their families.                                                        

Learn more about The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Instructors and The DAISY in Training Award at DAISYfoundation.org

About the DAISY Award for Nursing Instructors  

Many students talk about hearing a professor or instructor’s voice in the back of their heads even years after graduation. These dedicated nursing instructors often do not receive appropriate recognition for the effect they have on students, patient care and the nursing profession.


The DAISY Foundation, as part of its service to the nursing profession’s role in patient care, established The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Instructors to provide colleges/schools of nursing a national recognition program they may use to demonstrate appreciation to their nursing instructors for their commitment and inspirational influence on their students.


How to Nominate a Nursing Instructor  

Patients, families, visitors, staff, co-workers, peers, physicians, and students may nominate a deserving Nursing Instructor, which may include: Auburn School of Nursing faculty members, clinical associates, clinical preceptors, or community partners for both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Criteria for Nomination include:

  1. Serves as an inspirational role model and mentor for faculty, staff, or students
    • “I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellowmen.” The Auburn Creed
    • “I will endeavor to fulfill my rights and privileges as a good citizen and take my share of responsibility in promoting the health and welfare of the community.” The Florence Nightingale Pledge
    • “To more brightly walk our own paths of service in the World, to more clearly share our Noble purpose with each other.” Our Nightingale Pledge
  2. Demonstrates compassion for patients/clients, faculty, staff and students
    • “I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellowmen and mutual helpfulness and happiness for all.” The Auburn Creed
    • “I will be active in assisting others in safeguarding and promoting the health and happiness of mankind” The Florence Nightingale Pledge
    • “May we better learn to care for ourselves, for each other, and for all Creation.” AUSON Nightingale Pledge
  3. Demonstrates enthusiasm for teaching, scholarship, and service
    • “I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my hands and mind to work skillfully.” The Auburn Creed
    • “I will constantly endeavor to increase my knowledge and skills in nursing and to use them wisely.” The Florence Nightingale Pledge


DAISY Award for Nursing Instructors Nomination Form


Award Honoree

Each DAISY Nursing Instructor Honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony at the Auburn University School of Nursing each Spring and will receive: a beautiful certificate, DAISY Nursing Instructor Award pin, and hand-carved stone sculpture entitled “A Healer’s Touch.” Family, friends, alumni, peers, and community partners are encouraged to attend the awards ceremony. The 2019 Ceremony will be held on May 3rd, at 3 pm in the Auburn University School of Nursing Building. More information will be posted closer to the event.