Recognition of Nursing Excellence

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Our nursing teams go above and beyond for patients every day. To show appreciation for their excellent work, we recognize them with annual Nursing Excellence Awards and monthly DAISY and Honey Bee Awards. As part of Henry Ford Health System, our nurses are eligible for the Clara Ford Nursing Excellence Award as well.

Nursing Excellence Awards

Nursing Excellence Award recipients demonstrate exceptional qualities for the following: compassion, accountability, collegiality, integrity, knowledge, skill, professionalism, and teamwork. These awards allow us to recognize those nurses who make the finest contributions to patients, work environments, and our community through elevating the professional practice of nursing at Henry Ford Allegiance Health.

See our 2018 Nursing Excellence Award winners.


The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Henry Ford Allegiance Health is proud to be a DAISY Award partner, recognizing our nurses with this special honor every month. Nominate a nurse.

Honey Bee Award

The Henry Ford Allegiance Health Honey Bee Program provides an opportunity to recognize and celebrate nursing support team members who go the extra mile and create excellent experiences for patients and their family members. Nominate a nursing support team member.

Clara Ford Nursing Excellence Award

With the history of Henry Ford nursing as its foundation, the Clara Ford Awards for Nursing Excellence are bestowed annually upon seven nurses who are nominated by their colleagues. A selection committee comprising of Nurse Executives representing each Henry Ford Health System business unit selected the award winners. The nominations were blinded, without a name or business unit attached, ensuring winners are selected based solely on their merit. Learn more about the Clara Ford Nursing Excellence Award.

Joy Sterrett

Joy Sterrett, RN, Bereavement Coordinator, Women and Children's Services

Winner of the 2018 HFHS Clara Ford Award for Compassionate, Committed People