The Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) is proud to honor its outstanding nurses with the DAISY Award—an international recognition program that celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide to patients and families every day. The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at 33 of an autoimmune disease. The Barnes family was awestruck by the clinical skills and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created this award to say thank you to nurses everywhere.
Recent DAISY Award winners at JHH:
2022 Team Award
The Team DAISY Award for 2022 goes to the adult emergency department for selfless, compassionate, life-saving, and life-affirming care throughout the year.
November 2022 | Charlotte Gary
Charlotte Gary of Bloomberg 4 (pediatric cardiology intensive care) was nominated by a mother who said Gary’s care and friendly demeanor kept her and her son at ease. Along with praising Gary’s nursing skills, she detailed many seemingly small acts that had a profound impact on the patient. “The most meaningful thing she did was take him for a ‘walk.’ Charlotte, along with one of the doctors, got the boy into a wheelchair, hooked him up to all of his monitors, and took him outside to the courtyard to finally see some sunshine after a long couple of days,” the mother wrote in the letter.
October 2022 | Christine Snow
The nomination letter for emergency department nurse Christine (Chris) Snow, written by a fellow nurse, was so moving it brought many to tears when it was read aloud during the awards ceremony. In the letter, her colleague wrote about the depth of Snow’s empathy and support while caring for a patient who had experienced a devastating trauma. “Chris comforted this patient in every way possible, and did not once falter her support. As the neighboring nurse, I watched Chris suppress the emotion that the entire department felt that day and focused only on the patient’s wellbeing.”
September 2022 | Tyler Evans
Tyler Evans, an RN III working on the Zayed 12 East unit, was nominated by a patient who wrote about the phenomenal care she received with Evans by her side as she was recovering from her 12th surgery: “Tyler was very aware and sensitive to my anxiety. His personality was so empathetic and reassuring. He was delightful to speak with and so informative about what would happen or occur with my recovery.”
August 2022 | Sandy Johnson
A nurse practitioner in the department of surgery, Sandy Johnson was nominated by a lead clinical nurse from the Comprehensive Transplant Unit for her extraordinary efforts to support a patient (and family) in need of palliative care, while serving as the unit’s shift coordinator over a long weekend. After detailing Johnson’s many caring and thoughtful actions, the nomination letter goes on to say, “This family had so much peace, comfort, and support because of you [and] the nursing staff caring for this patient felt so incredibly supported.”
July 2022 | Nichole Rosado
Nichole Rosado, a nurse on Zayed 8E, the labor and delivery unit, was nominated by the husband of a patient who wrote about the enthusiasm, warmth, and bedside manner Rosado displayed while caring for his wife. Rosado was also mentoring a nursing student during this time, and the nominator wrote about how the student excelled under the patient and thoughtful guidance, further enhancing the incredible care received. “As physicians, my wife and I understand how difficult it can be to navigate our fast-paced health care system, how easy it is to forget the human side of medicine. Nichole reminded us of the power of connection, the importance of empathy, and the value of patient-centered care.”