What is The DAISY Award?
DAISY is an acronym for
The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful,
compassionate care nurses provide every day.
The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J.
Patrick Barnes who died in 1999 at age 33 from complications of the auto-immune
disease ITP. During Patrick’s hospitalization, the Barnes Family
deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire
family. When he died, they felt compelled to say “thank you”
to nurses in a very public way, so they created the DAISY Award.
At Southwest General, patients and families are encouraged to thank a
special nurse by nominating him/her for The DAISY Award. Award winners
will be selected quarterly from the nominations submitted. They will be
recognized in a special ceremony and will receive: a DAISY Award pin,
a Healer’s Touch (the national DAISY Award hand-carved sculpture)
and an award certificate.
Additionally, each award winner’s unit will receive freshly baked
cinnamon rolls—a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness.
The Barnes family hopes that whenever nurses smell the wonderful cinnamon
aroma, they will stop for a moment to remember how special they are and
how important their work is.
Please say thank you by sharing
your story of how a nurse made a difference you will never forget!