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King's Daughters' Health is accepting nominations for the DAISY Award. DAISY Award recipients consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary, compassionate care. They are recognized as outstanding role models in the nursing community. Nominations will be accepted through May 19, 2017.
As a result of their personal experience, the Patrick Barnes family believes that nurses are unsung heroes who deserve far more recognition than they receive. The family decided to find a way to go around the country and say thank you to nurses. Thus, the family created The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Read more about the Patrick Barnes story below.
To nominate an exceptional nurse for the Daisy Award, please download, print, and submit the following Daisy Award form:
DAISY Award Nomination Form (PDF).
Why the DAISY Award was established
The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by some members of the family of Patrick Barnes. He died at the age of 33 of complications of ITP. Like many families, nurses see every day loved ones who experience this kind of loss. The Barnes family wanted to find a way to turn their grief into something positive and do something that would honor the very special man that Patrick was. The family came up with DAISY - an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.
As they brainstormed what the DAISY Foundation would actually do, they kept coming back to the one positive thing they held on to during Patrick's eight-week illness: the amazing care he and all of the family received from Patrick's nurses, even when he was completely sedated. The family was impressed by the clinical care Patrick's nurses provided, and they were overwhelmed by the level of compassion they witnessed. They came to understand that the communication and attention given to Patrick was a very important part of the clinical care that nurses provide.
As a result of their experience, the Barnes family believes that nurses are unsung heroes of our society who deserve far more recognition than they receive. The family decided to find a way to go around the country and say thank you to nurses. Thus, the family created The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. What started out as a thank you from the Barnes' family to the nurses who took care of Patrick has grown into a meaningful program embraced by healthcare organizations around the world.
King's Daughters' Health is proud to be a DAISY Award organization. Please help us recognize exceptional, compassionate nursing care.