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Putting the “Meaning” in Meaningful Recognition of Nurses: The DAISY Award™

Barnes, Bonnie FAAN; Barnes, Mark FAAN; Sweeney, Cynthia D. MSN, BSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: October 2016 - Volume 46 - Issue 10 - p 508–512
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000394

Healthcare organizations, nurses, patients, and their families benefit from the opportunity to say, “Thank you.” The experience of being hospitalized can be devastating. Recognizing compassionate and extraordinary nursing care in a meaningful way is a powerful tool that supports a healthy work environment, engages nursing staff, and impacts the patient care experience. The DAISY Award™ is a legacy of thanks that exemplifies the qualities of “meaningful” recognition.

Author Affiliation: The DAISY Foundation, Glen Ellen, California.

Mr and Mrs Barnes are volunteers of the DAISY Foundation.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Ms Sweeney, The DAISY Foundation, 276 Providence Rd, Annapolis, MD 21409 (

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