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Exemplary Professional Practice

Professional Governance

Professional Governance is a structure that empowers professional direct-care nurses to contribute collaboratively as decision makers regarding the nursing practice.

Professional Model of Care

Relationship-Based Care weaves evidenced based practice related to a caring environment.

Nightingale Award

The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing was originally developed by the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut to be a collaborative effort to celebrate outstanding nurses and elevate the nursing profession.

Learn more and/or to nominate a nurse for a Nightingale Award.


The DAISY award was established in 1999 by the family of Patrick Barnes, a 33-year old who died from an auto-immune disease. During his hospitalization, Patrick’s family said they “experienced the best of nursing” After his death, they decided to create the nursing award and foundation in Patrick’s honor, dubbing it DAISY as an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. Since then, the award has become a national recognition of nursing excellence. The award honors nurses who provide clinical expertise, kindness and courtesy, professionalism, interdisciplinary work, and extraordinary care. Recipients are nominated by peers, health care providers and colleagues, patients or a patient’s family member and are chosen by members of the Daisy Award Committee.

Nominate a nurse for a Daisy Award with this form.