The DAISY Foundation & Award

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. In 1999, the Foundation was formed by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP).

As Patrick's family brainstormed about what they could do in his memory, the one really positive thing they could hold onto from the experience of his eight-week illness was the skillful and amazingly compassionate care he received from his nurses.  The DAISY Foundation's programs – which include both funding for evidence-based research and award initiatives – are each designed to say thank you to the "unsung heroes" of the nursing profession.

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses honors the super-human work nurses do for patients and their families every day.

Patients, family members, visitors, physicians, other nurses, staff members – anyone can nominate a nurse who goes above and beyond to provide extraordinary care.

Learn more about the DAISY Foundation and Award at

Daisy Recipients