DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students

DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students

An acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem, The DAISY Foundation was formed in November 1999, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. The nursing care Patrick received when hospitalized profoundly touched his family.

Headshot of Cynthia Sweeney, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC

Special thanks to:

Cynthia Sweeney, DNP, BSN '76, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, FAAN
Vice President of Nursing, Emerita
The DAISY Foundation

Nominate an exceptional Entry-into-Practice (BSN or CNL) nursing student for a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students.

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students was created to remind students, even on their hardest days in nursing school, why they chose to become a nurse.

By recognizing nursing students for their care and compassion for patients and their families, The DAISY Foundation recognizes and celebrates what it means to be a nurse. The Foundation seeks to honor the nurse-patient connection that is so essential to patient care. This relationship is key to the health care experience and extraordinarily meaningful to patients and their families. It is the nurse’s ability to engage in a trusting, caring relationship that defines nurses and nursing care. DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Student presentations will permit nursing students to learn each other's stories of compassionate care and to be both inspired and motivated.

About the Award

Eligibility Criteria:

Nominees must be graduating Bachelor of Science (BSN) or Master of Science Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) students who consistently demonstrate all of the following criteria: 

  • Provides compassionate, respective, and empathetic care for patients and their families
  • Serves as an advocate supporting patients and families to meet their unique needs
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the University of Maryland, Baltimore's core values of accountability, civility, collaboration, diversity, excellence, knowledge, and leadership

Nomination Process:

The eligible nursing student must be nominated by a fellow student, staff, or faculty member from the UMSON community through our online nomination form.


April 9, 2024

Selection Committees:

The Executive Nursing Government Board, which is comprised of the presidents and treasurers from the nursing student organizations at UMSON, will review nominations and select awardees.

Presentation of Awards:

Award recipients are announced at the spring and fall graduation ceremonies.

Each Honoree Receives:

If you have any questions, please contact nrsregistration@umaryland.edu.

Nominate a Student:

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