Celebrating Nurses Worldwide


 WHAT: An ongoing recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful and compassionate care nurses provide everyday. Active in over 6,000 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing, internationally.

WHY: Established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died from complications of immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) in 1999. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated not only the immense clinical skill but also the enormous compassion shown to Pat and his family by his nurses. When Pat died, they felt compelled to say, “thank you!” to nurses in a very personal way.

HOW: Nurses are nominated by patients, families, and colleagues. All nominations are then blinded and scored by a committee based on predetermined criteria. The Honoree is celebrated publicly with a ceremony. Nominees receive a copy of their nomination, pin, note and are registered with the foundation.

IMPACT: Research supports the powerful impact of meaningful recognition and The DAISY Award on nurses and organizational culture.

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