The DAISY and BEE Awards at UVA Health

UVA Health's Professional Nursing Staff Organization (PNSO) is proud to offer the DAISY and BEE Awards as a way to honor the compassion and care UVA team members provide their patients every day!


"DAISY" is an acronym for "Diseases Attacking the Immune System". The DAISY Award was established by The DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at 33 of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), an auto-immune disease. The Barnes Family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created this national award to say thank you to nurses everywhere.

For more information on The DAISY Award, visit the DAISY Foundation website here

BEE Award

"BEE" is an acronym for "Being Excellent Everyday" and this award program was adopted by UVA Health in May 2022 to symbolize the relationship between nursing and other members of the care team - the same way bees and flowers depend on one another. This special program recognizes excellence among the clinical support team members who work alongside our nursing teams delivering expert, compassionate care.

Nominate a UVA Nurse or Care Team Member for a DAISY or BEE Award!

  • The DAISY Award Committee is proud to honor two nurses from UVA Health each month with a DAISY Award, as well as two care team members each month for a BEE Award.
  • Nominations may be submitted anytime by patients, patients' families, visitors, and fellow UVA team members.
  • Our DAISY Award is a nursing-specific award created to honor extraordinary nursing care, and is presented by our Chief Nursing Officer and DAISY Committee Chair as a surprise celebration on the recipient's unit. Award recipients will receive a framed certificate, a DAISY Honoree pin, and a “Healer’s Touch” sculpture, along with a copy of their nomination(s).
  • The BEE Award mimics our DAISY Award in that each recipient also receives a surprise celebration in their practice area, presented by their area leader. Award recipients will receive a framed certificate, a BEE Honoree pin, and a honeycomb sculpture, along with a copy of their nomination(s).
  • Nominees who meet eligibility criteria but are not chosen for the award will still receive unit-level recognition, as well as a nominee packet that includes a copy of their nomination(s), a nominee pin, and signed letter from a Chief level executive leader.




DAISY Award Committee Leadership:

Program Coordinator: Ashley Noguera
2022 Committee Chair: Amanda Rosenblatt, BSN, RN, IBCLC, C-ERM
2022 Committee Vice Chair: Seth McElroy, MSN, RN, CNL

Interested in joining the BEE Committee? We are hosting a call-for-interest from May-June 2022 for non-nursing colleagues who have a passion and drive for recognition. Please fill out the survey here.

If you have any questions about the DAISY or BEE Awards, please email Ashley Noguera at or call 434-243-3280.

If you wish to mail in a written nomination, print this form, and send to:

Ashley Noguera
PO Box #800135
Charlottesville, VA 22908

Congratulations to our 
UVA DAISY Award Recipients!

*Previous recipients from 2015-2021 can be found here.

January 2022:

March 2022:

April/May 2022:

June 2022:

  • Sarah Ahern, Clin 2, 5 Central
  • Joan Smith-Johnson, Clin Prog Coord, Case Management

July 2022:

  • Kathryn Sleeth, RN Care Coord, Pediatric Neurology Clinic
  • TBD