About The DAISY Foundation
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 eight-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 every day.
What Is The DAISY Award?
The DAISY Award is a nationwide program presented in collaboration with The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Harrison Medical Center is proud to be a DAISY Award hospital partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor every month.
Each DAISY Award honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit and will receive: a beautiful certificate, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled ‘A Healer’s Touch.’ Additionally, everyone in the unit will celebrate with Cinnabon® cinnamon rolls—a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness. The Barnes Family asks that whenever and wherever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment and think about how special they are.
To find out more about the program, including the growing list of hospital partners, please go to DAISYfoundation.org.
How to Nominate an Extraordinary Nurse
Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians, and employees may nominate a deserving nurse (ARNP, RN, LPN) by filling out the form below or download and complete this nomination form and submit to a nursing station, the Nursing Administration office, or the hospital main lobby reception desk.
This nurse’s clinical skill and especially her/his compassionate care, exemplify the kind of nurse that patients, their families, and our staff recognize as an outstanding role model. Harrison's DAISY Award criteria include:
Nominations received by the 22nd of the month will be considered for the following month’s DAISY Award.
Direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-744-DAISY.