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DAISY Awards

The DAISY Award is a nursing recognition program for honoring extraordinary nurses. The award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at 33 of ITP, an autoimmune disease. DAISY is an acronym for diseases of the autoimmune system.

The Barnes family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created this national award to say thank you to nurses everywhere.

The DAISY Foundation expresses gratitude to nurses with programs that recognize them for the extraordinary skillful, compassionate care they provide patients and families. Our expression of gratitude will help nurses always remember the unforgettable impact their care has on patients and families, inspiring nurses to provide extraordinary care not only with their brains but also with their hearts.

Since 1999, DAISY has been honoring nurses who provide above-and-beyond compassionate care to patients and families. For more information about The DAISY Award and why we are so passionate about nurses, click here. We have learned how important nominations are to our nurses. Expressions of gratitude from patients and families go a long way in helping nurses cope with their high-stress work and help keep burnout at bay. Given the shortage of nurses in the United States, it's important that we retain as many nurses as possible, and meaningful statements of gratitude like yours make a difference!

To learn more about DAISY, please visit the daisyfoundation.org.

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