The DAISY Award was established in 2000 in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. The DAISY foundation is dedicated to funding research for immune system diseases, as well as recognizing exceptional nurses around the country through the DAISY Award. The award will be presented to one RN and one APN in February, May, August, and November of every year.
Patients, visitors or employees are encouraged to nominate a deserving nurse.
The nurse exemplar program recognizes and rewards extraordinary nurses who demonstrate a special way of advocating for families, caring for children and teaching their colleagues. Each year, staff members nominate their peers to become recipients of eight different nurse exemplar awards:
Expert clinical nurse leader
Expert nurse collaborator
Previous award recipients select the winners, and the awards are presented at a hospital ceremony. Each winner receives an engraved gift and a stipend that can be used to pursue professional endeavors. This program highlights the art of nursing and recognizes the importance of nursing in the delivery of top-notch patient care.