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At SHC, we strive to meaningfully recognize our exemplary nurses for all that they do. These methods of recognition include the C-I-CARE cards, virtual C-I-CARE cards, the DAISY Awards, and the Friends of Nursing Scholarships and Grants, to name a few.

DAISY Awards


Stanford Health Care recognizes the resilient nurses who continually provide compassionate, sensitive, and mindful care to their patients. The DAISY Awards is an international professional recognition program has been a pilar at Stanford Nursing for over 12 years and gives patients, family members, colleagues, and staff a platform to recognize the compassionate bedside care, courage, integrity, and excellent nursing skills provided by a Stanford nurse.


This year, Stanford Health Care honored 12 extraordinary nurses with the DAISY Award. The Spring/Summer DAISY Awards were presented virtually in June 2022.  The Fall/Winter awardees were presented their DAISY Awards as honored guests at the Shared Leadership Council SLC year-end retreat in December 2022. This was the first in-person event in three years attended by over 400 nurses. It was thrilling to see the exemplary nurses receive their well-deserved award in front of such a large audience.

Introducing Stanford Nursing's
Exemplary 2022 DAISY Awardees

The DAISY Awards are given out quarterly to recognize and thank exemplary nurses who exhibit compassionate bedside care, courage, integrity, and excellent nursing skill to their patients and families.  On a daily basis, SHC nurses provide extraordinary care that some nurses view as “just part of the job.” Therefore, SHC honors these brilliant nurses for the difference they make in their patient’s lives. Corresponding with the Magnet principles of acknowledging the meaningful impact of nurses, increased organization-wide visibility and communication, and enhanced patient care outcomes, Daisy Awards are a nurse’s chance to shine and promote their exceptional nursing practice. 

The DAISY Program has been run for over a decade by Elisa Nguyen, DNP, RN, CMSRN, and is currently in partnership with Nursing Excellence. 


Friends of Nursing

The Friends of Nursing (FON) is a philanthropic program that has been at SHC since 1981.


Donations to FON supports the elevation of professional nursing excellence by providing financial assistance and grants to SHC nurses who reflect the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet components.


Currently, FON scholarships and grants are given under the categories of:

  • Transformational leadership or exemplary professional practice (evidence-based practice projects)

  • New knowledge or structural empowerment (educational initiatives) 

  • are working towards advancing their nursing education 

  • participate in professional organizations 

  • implement evidence-based practice improvement projects

  • support the patient or staff educational projects


This year six projects focusing on staff development and enhancing staff and patient experience were awarded to our exemplary frontline nurses from across the organization. These nurse-driven initiatives exemplify our nurses' unwavering commitment to fostering a collaborative culture of excellence through professional development, improved patient experience, and a healthy work environment. 

Introducing Stanford Nursing's
Inspirational Friends of Nursing Recipients

Laura Gleason, BSN, RN, PCCN, CMSRN

Evidence-Based Project: Geriatric Care Kits for older adult patients for optimal patient experience and outcomes.

Aafje Day, BSN, RN

Staff and/or Patient Education Project: Strategies For Success: SCRN review workshop to promote nursing certification for SCRN exam under a peer education model.

Jinny Tran, BSN, RN, and Ashley Louie, RN

Evidence-Based Project: F-ground Schrier Walking Club to encourage patient mobility and exercise to improve patient outcomes.

Katarina (Kat) Phelps, BSN, RN

Staff and/or Patient Education Project: Transcendental Meditation (TM) Course for clinic nurses at the Cancer Center South Bay to improve resilience and job satisfaction.

Jackie Sheets, BSN, RN, OCN

Evidence-Based Project: Comfort Care boxes target the five senses to bring ease and relief during a challenging time for the patients/family members who have been placed in hospice care.

Angelique Aura Policarpio, BSN, RN, SCRN, PCCN

Staff and/or Patient Education Project: BEE Award Project – Recognition award to non-nursing staff who contribute to the success of the unit in their unique role 

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