The DAISY Foundation was formed in January 2000, in memory 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 nurses, administrators, peers, physicians, volunteers, 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 sculptures are especially meaningful because of the profound respect the Shona people pay their traditional healers. The purchase of these sculptures come from Zimbabwe, and the money that is sent through the DAISY Foundation have become a tremendous support to the artists and their families.

The DAISY Foundation's program goals include funding research and evidence-based practice projects that impact treatment of patients with auto-immune diseases and provide education regarding ITP. The nomination form is easy to use, and we ask that you highlight the situation involving the nurse that you are nominating- we are proud when compassionate care is exemplified and we have the kind of nurses that our patients, their families and our staff recognize as role models. Nursing excellence has become a standard, not a goal.

For more information on this award, go to daisyfoundation.org

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