About The DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 by the Barnes family in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. The DAISY Foundation is dedicated to funding research to help fight diseases of the immune system (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking 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?

The DAISY Award is a nation-wide program that rewards excellence in nursing. It was created by The DAISY Foundation to recognize the extraordinary compassion and care exhibited by nurses everyday. The award is giving monthly to an outstanding nurse in more than 50 hospitals across the United States. The DAISY Award recipient will be recognized at a public ceremony and will receive a framed certificate, a DAISY Award signature lapel pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch. Additionally, the unit or department will receive Cinnabon’s cinnamon rolls — a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness – with the sentiment that the heavenly aroma will remind them how special they are and how important their work is.

How to nominate an extraordinary nurse

Patients, visitors, employees or physicians may nominate a deserving nurse by filling out this nomination form and submitting it to the nominee’s nursing manager.

Criteria for the nomination include:

  • Continued commitment to quality care and excellence
  • Outstanding customer service
  • Clinical expertise
  • Patient advocacy and education
  • Acting as a nursing role model and mentor