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The DAISY Award Logo

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, like the one that struck Patrick, 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.

To Nominate An Extraordinary Nurse

Patients and patient's family are invited to nominate a nurse(s) for a DAISY Award. To be eligible for nomination, the nurse's clinical skill and especially his/her compassionate care exemplify the kind of nurse our patients and their families recognize as an outstanding role model. He/she consistently meets all of the following criteria:

  • Personalized the patient care to meet superior experience of care for patients and their families
  • Makes a special connection with the patient and/or his/her family
  • Excels at providing education to patients and families
  • Works well with disciplinary health care team to meet patient and family needs
  • Has a positive attitude and demonstrates professionalism in the workplace
  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills with peers and coworkers