The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by family members of Patrick Barnes. Patrick was 33 years old when he died from complications of ITP.
The Barnes family wanted to find a way to turn their grief into something positive and that would honor the very special man Patrick was. The family came up with DAISY - an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.
As the family brainstormed what The DAISY Foundation would do, they kept coming back to the amazing care Patrick - and all the family - received from his nurses throughout his 8 week illness.
The family was impressed with the clinical care Pat's nurses provided, and overwhelmed by the level of compassion and kindness that his nurses brought to Pat's bedside day in and day out. The family came to understand that the communication and attention being given to Pat was a very important part of the clinical care nurses provide.
As a result of their experience, The Barnes family believes that nurses are unsung heroes of our society who deserve far more recognition and honor than they receive. They decided to find a way to go around the country and say thank you to nurses. Pat's wife, Tena, Dianne, Bonnie and Mark created The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
What started out as a thank you from the Barnes family to Patrick's nurses has grown into a meaningful recognition program embraced by more than 1900 healthcare organizations around the world.
Meet our amazing nurses who have won a DAISY award.
DAISY Award Winners: November & December 2021
Nicole Carter, BSN, RN
Clinical Nurse, Tower 5, Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
A patient nominated Nicole Carter because she went over and above to meet her needs and the needs of her roommate. Nicole responded in a challenging situation for the patient and immediately contacted the doctor, who gave her instructions on how to handle the situation. Her patient commended "Nicole and the staff of nurses in the 5th floor heart center on their professionalism and the high standards they've achieved in their jobs".
Erica Ragazzone, BSN, RN
Neuroscience Care Unit, Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
A patient stated that "Erica should definitely be nominated for the Daisy Award. She is an extraordinary nurse; her bedside manner is excellent and she is extremely kind. The absolute best thing Erica did for me was that she got me snacks for my birthday, put Happy Birthday on the daily board, and also got me Sweet Pea body wash to put in my bath and a bag because I forgot my bath products… thank you."
Bob Norton, BSN, RN, CRRN
3rd Floor, MossRehab
A patient stated, "I only met Bob on my last day before leaving, but he was a fantastic listener, he was helpful in every way, he was really careful with all my medications, and has a warm and helpful sense of humor. He was 100% dedicated to doing serious good for the patients! [Like the song says,] 'Who could ask for anything more?'"
Meet more of our amazing nurses who have won a DAISY award.