The DAISY Foundation, created to express gratitude by a family that experienced extraordinary nursing, is the leader in meaningful recognition of nurses. Everyone who is involved with DAISY, whether they are presenting the awards, choosing honorees, or coordinating the program, is an extension of this family and their expression of gratitude.
Our expression of gratitude will help nurses remember the unforgettable impact their care has on patients and families, inspiring nurses to provide extraordinary care not only with their brains but also with their hearts.
A DAISY Award nominee is a nurse whose clinical skill and especially her/his compassionate care exemplify the kind of nurse that our patients, their families, and our team members recognize as an outstanding role model. She/he acts in a way that consistently demonstrates the Values of our organization as evidenced by:
Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians and team members may nominate a deserving nurse by filling the online DAISY nomination form.
Each DAISY Award Honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit and will receive a:
The DAISY Foundation™ was established in 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. (DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system.) During Pat's 8-week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to Pat but to everyone in his family. So, one of the goals they set in creating a foundation in Pat's memory was to recognize extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the super-human work they do everyday.
To find out more about the program, including the growing list of Hospital Partners, visit the DAISY Foundation.