There are now more than 1,000 healthcare facilities in 7 countries honoring their nurses throughout the year for The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
On Dec. 9, UW Medicine Valley Medical Center in Renton, Wash., and Norton Audubon Hospital in Louisville, Ky., joined as DAISY Partners, bringing total participation to 1,001.
“We are thrilled to reach this incredible milestone,” said DAISY Co-Founder and President Bonnie Barnes. “It’s remarkable that we piloted our DAISY Award program in 1999 at the University of Washington’s Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and one of our 1,000th programs is at UW Medicine’s newest facility.”Co-Founder and President Bonnie Barnes embraces a DAISY Award recipient.
DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system. The award is an ongoing recognition program in partnership with healthcare organizations that celebrates the extraordinary skill and compassion direct care nurses bring to their patients and families every day.
It is one of three programs the Barnes Family created through The DAISY Foundation as a means of expressing their gratitude to the nursing profession for the outstanding care they experienced when J. Patrick Barnes was hospitalized for eight weeks in 1999 with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura. Patrick died of complications of this auto-immune disease at age 33.
“When we started the Foundation, we needed to express our gratitude to nurses and remind them of the tremendous impact they have on patients and their families,” said Pat’s father and DAISY Co-Founder Mark Barnes. “We had no idea that The DAISY Award would be embraced by the nursing profession and healthcare organizations as it has been.”
Since the program’s inception, more than 20,000 nurses have received this recognition and more than 120,000 nominations have been submitted.
The foundation also introduced The DAISY Faculty Award in 2010, currently honoring nursing faculty in 60 schools/colleges of nursing. The Foundation also funds grants for nursing research and evidence-based practice projects through its J. Patrick Barnes Grants and helps disseminate study findings through its Lynne Doll Grants.
For more information, visit DAISYfoundation.org.