The DAISY Award – Thank Your Nurse for Extraordinary Care

The DAISY Foundation was founded in November of 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 from complications of ITP. His family was completely awestruck by the care and compassion that they and Patrick were shown during his 8-week illness that they wanted to say thank you to nurses.

The DAISY Foundation expresses gratitude to nurses with programs that recognize them for the extraordinary skillful, compassionate care they provide patients and families.

Our expression of gratitude will help nurses always remember the unforgettable impact their care has on patients and families, inspiring nurses to provide extraordinary care not only with their brains but also with their hearts. 

  • Over 4,300 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing internationally have committed to honoring their nurses with The DAISY Award
  • Over 136,000 nurses have been honored
  • Over 1,600,000 nominations have been written