DAISY or Sunflower Award Nominations

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Recognize an Outstanding Nurse, Medical Assistant or Oncology Technician

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who survived Hodgkin’s lymphoma twice but died from complications of an auto-immune disease at the age of 33. Patrick’s wife Tena came up with the acronym DAISY which stands for diseases attacking the immune system.

Patrick’s family wanted to find a way to honor his memory. The one positive thing they could hold onto from the experience of his eight-week hospitalization was the skillful and amazingly compassionate care he received from his nurses. They wanted to thank nurses everywhere by establishing a recognition program - The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses.

Moffitt proudly participates with the DAISY Foundation providing an opportunity for extraordinary nurses to be recognized by patients and family members like you for the important difference they make in all the lives they touch. Moffitt has also implemented the Sunflower Awards to honor outstanding Medical Assistants and/or Oncology Technicians. Medical Assistants help with screening, gathering vital signs and medical history of patient. They assist providers with procedures, treatments and examinations. They may also help with access to wheelchairs or getting on/off the exam table. Oncology Technicians work under the supervision of a Registered Nurse to provide nursing care to patients and maintain a safe and clean environment.

Patients, families and friends may submit nominations for a special nurse, medical assistant or oncology technician by completing a ballot available throughout Moffitt or by completing the online ballot on the MyMoffitt Portal here.