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The DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 by the Barnes family in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. Having been touched by the remarkable care, clinical skills and compassion demonstrated by nurses during Patrick's illness, the Barnes family made it their mission to recognize exceptional nurses around the country. Click here to view a video of DAISY co-founder, Bonnie Barnes, explaining why she and her husband felt compelled to start the DAISY foundation and the DAISY award.
The DAISY Award is a program that rewards excellence in nursing. It was created by The DAISY Foundation to recognize the clinical skills, extraordinary compassion and care exhibited by nurses everyday. The award is given monthly to outstanding nurses in more than 2,300 health care facilities, in all 50 states and 15 countries.
DAISY Award signature lapel pin
Hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer's Touch
Additionally, the unit or department of the recipient will receive cinnamon rolls - a favorite of Patrick's during his illness - with the sentiment that the heavenly aroma will remind them how special they are and how important their work is.
DAISY Award recipients personify UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown's remarkable patient experience and our values of Foster Unity, Own the Moment, Champion Excellence and Seize Opportunities. These individuals consistently demonstrate excellence through clinical expertise, extraordinary service and compassionate care and are recognized as outstanding role models in the nursing community.
Patients, family members, visitors, employees, volunteers and physicians can nominate a deserving nurse by filling out the online nomination form below or by submitting a paper nomination. Paper forms are available on all UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown nursing units.