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
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.
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