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Nurse Recognition

The DAISY Award®

Salinas Valley Health honors those nurses who have demonstrated exemplary professional practice and have exceeded expectations in their care and compassion for patients. Salinas Valley Health Medical Center takes immense pride in honoring these deserving nurses who make such an incredible difference in the lives of so many.

The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses (The DAISY Award) was developed by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who passed away in 2000 from complications of an auto-immune disease, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. His family was greatly impressed by the skill, care, and compassion nurses showed Barnes before he died and created the national award to recognize and thank extraordinary nurses across the United States. Salinas Valley Health Medical Center patients, visitors, nurses, physicians, and other staff can nominate outstanding nurses for The DAISY Award.

The DAISY Team Award

The DAISY Team Award recognizes a team of nurses who go above and beyond the traditional role of nursing and exemplifies the Salinas Valley Health Medical Center STAR values - Support, Teamwork, Accountability, and Respect. DAISY team nominations are accepted in a similar fashion as for the individual DAISY Award.


  • Teams must be led by a nurse or group of nurses.
  • Teams must be comprised of 2 or more individuals.
  • Team members exemplify the Salinas Valley Health Medical Center organization’s values and embody Salinas Valley Health Medical Center’s mission.
  • Team members are role models of collaboration and teamwork that make a difference in the lives of patients, families, staff, and the community.
  • The Team’s project should be described in detail, including outcomes.

Nurse of the Year Award

The Division of Nursing’s Nurse of the Year Award honors a nurse who has shown extraordinary commitment, skill, and compassion, one who truly lives the Salinas Valley Health Medical Center mission to provide excellent care for our patients, their families, and our community.