The DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 by the Barnes family in memory of their son, J. Patrick Barnes who died from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. It is dedicated to funding research to help fight diseases of the immune system and supporting ITP patients and their families. Having been touched by the remarkable care, Clinical skills, and compassion demonstrated by nurses during Patrick's illness, the Barnes family made it their mission to recognize exceptional nurses around the country.
What is the Daisy award?
This international program includes more than 1,000 hospitals across the globe.
It is given quarterly to an outstanding nurse from any of the different nursing regions: Med/Surg, ICU/IICU, Procedural Areas, and Outpatients.
The award is presented in the award recipient's unit.
All recipients throughout the year will be recognized during Nurse Week.
Recipient will receive: framed certificate, DAISY Award signature lapel pin, hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer's Touch, and a copy of the nomination letter.
The department of the recipient will receive Cinnabon's cinnamon rolls, which were Patrick's favorite during his illness.
How to nominate an extraordinary nurse:
Patients, visitors, employees, or physicians may nominate a deserving nurse.