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Nursing Awards and Recognition

The DAISY Award


Special thank you to the Sibley Foundation for supporting such a wonderful accolade! The DAISY award is an internationally acknowledged recognition program to celebrate registered nurses that have exemplified extraordinary and compassionate patient care. The DAISY Foundation was founded by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who passed away from Idiopathic Thrombcytopenic Purpura (ITP), an autoimmune disease, at age 33. Patrick’s family was extremely grateful for the skillful and compassionate care that Patrick received from his nurses and in his memory, they established a recognition program called the DAISY Award (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) for Extraordinary Nurses to continue to thank nurses for their exemplary care giving.


DAISY Award

Nurse Engagement Council
Nurse Engagement Council 2019

A DAISY Award is given to a deserving nurse each quarter, based on criteria established to meet Sibley’s mission and values. The Award was established to celebrate the extraordinary compassion nurses provide their patients and families every day.

All of our DAISY winners receive recognition on the DAISY Award website, reduced tuition at Chamberlain College of Nursing, reduced cost on ANCC certification or renewal, and recognition through various forms of social media.

If you would like to nominate a nurse please fill out the form below and email your submission to Daniella Bryce at dbryce1@jhmi.edu.

Past Sibley Winners:

  • Katherine Evans, Infusion Center
  • Agnes Bradley-Wright, Behavioral Health
  • Sarah Renthlei, Family Centered Care
  • Christy Connor, Emergency Department
  • Cathy Lamb, Pre-Surgical Testing
  • Azeb Kebede, Inpatient Oncology
  • Tara Rowdon, Labor and Delivery
  • Sarah Woodis, ICU
  • Teresa Smith, Family Centered Care
  • Erin Minor, Med-Surg
  • Katrina Reyes, Med-Surg
  • Megan Dickey, Orthopedics

Anne McMurray, BA, RN, GRN

DAISY Nurse Leader Award

The DAISY Nurse Leader Award is presented to a nurse manager or director who embodies all of the classic elements of a DAISY nurse—caring and compassion, integrity, communication, and excellence—and outstanding leadership to his or her team. This award is generously supported by our Foundation.

Anne McMurray, BA, RN, GRN

"She is modeling nursing for those around her and encourages those around her to continue to grow in their profession."


Madeline McAuliffe, RN

Nurse Engagement Council Award Winners

Nurse Preceptor Award

Madeline McAuliffe, RN

The Nurse Preceptor Award is presented to a registered nurse in recognition of his/her outstanding contributions as a role model in clinical excellence and professionalism.

"She was an incredible preceptor, encouraging my independence as a new nurse while also providing the necessary support and encouragement as I began my nursing career in a specialty."


Michael Dickson, RN

Nurse Innovation Award

Michael Dickson, RN

The Nurse Innovation Award is presented in recognition of an individual nurse, or a team that includes a nurse, in the development of a new product or process improvement to optimize efficiency or resources and provided desired results.

"Michael's innovative invention ensures that each nurse, regardless of assignment could update the care team of special needs."


Emily Leo

Novice Nurse Award

Emily Leo, RN

The Novice Nurse Award is presented in recognition of the special skills, dedication and compassion in the delivery of outstanding direct patient care for a nurse who has graduated nursing school within the past two years.

"She has been an excellent clinician from the start."


Cassandra Harris

C.A.R.E. Nurse Award

Cassandra Harris

C.A.R.E. Award is presented to a clinical nursing assistant, CA, or other similarly functioned position that supports direct patient care and recognizes the special skills needed for the delivery of outstanding patient care. CARE stands for Compassion, Advocacy, Respect, and Excellence.

"In my 20 plus years of nursing I have never worked with a better tech then Cassandra. She has a fantastic work ethic and goes above and beyond in her daily work."