The DAISY Foundation was formed in January, 2000, in medaisy_award_logomory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Award was created in 2001 by Barnes family members, who wanted to recognize the nurses who cared for Patrick-and all the other “unsung heroes” of the nursing profession across the country.

DAISY Award honorees are chosen by nurse administrators, peers, physicians, patients and families. Each nurse who is honored receives a handsome certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a unique hand-carved Shona stone sculpture entitled “A Healer’s Touch.”

The DAISY Foundation’s program goals include funding research and evidence-based practice projects that impact treatment of patients with auto-immune diseases and cancer. It also strives to recognize nurses for the compassionate work they do and provides support so they may seek answers to clinical questions in an effort to improve their practice and, as a result, improve care outcomes.

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To nominate a nurse, click here to download the form. Once you have completed the form, please put it in one of the drop boxes located throughout the hospital or send to the Nursing Office.

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