DAISY Foundation celebrates 10th anniversary

The DAISY Foundation, which recognizes extraordinary nurses with the DAISY Award and funds nurse-led research, celebrated its 10th anniversary in Seattle, Wash., last Friday. As of 2010, over 7000 nurses have been chosen by their nurse administrators, peers, physicians, patients and families to receive The DAISY Award.

The DAISY Award display case at Harrison Medical Center, Seattle, Wash.

DAISY Award recipients are honored with:

  • A handsomely presented certificate, signed by the hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer and Mark Barnes of The DAISY Foundation
  • A special DAISY Award pin
  • A hand-carved Shona sculpture entitled “A Healer’s Touch”

The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation was formed in January 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of complications related to Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). The foundation was created in memory of Pat as well as to honor the skillful and amazing nurses who took care of him during his eight-week illness.

The foundation has linked its passion for recognizing the extraordinary achievements of nurses with the drive to help find better treatment for patients with auto-immune diseases like ITP: In 2007, the DAISY Foundation launched the J. Patrick Barnes Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Grant Projects.

The DAISY Foundation is sponsored in part by Cherokee Uniforms. Learn more about the Daisy Foundation by visiting their website.

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One Response to DAISY Foundation celebrates 10th anniversary

  1. Congratulations, Harrison!

    Pierce County Nurses Association is launching a new direction in DAISY awards – we’ll be awarding them quarterly to deserving NON-hospital nurses – best wishes for a successful new program! And to the wonderful nurses you work with!

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