The DAISY Foundation

The Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses has joined an alliance of nursing groups that support The DAISY Foundation, an organization that gives grants and awards to outstanding nurses.

The Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses (AMSN) has joined an alliance of nursing groups that support The DAISY Foundation, an organization that gives grants and awards to outstanding nurses.

The DAISY Foundation was created in 1999 to thank nurses for their compassionate patient care by the family of Patrick Barnes, a 33 year-old man, who died from the auto-immune disease idiopathic thrombocytopenia. The DAISY acronym signifies Diseases Attacking the Immune System.

The foundation currently partners with more than 1,500 health care facilities worldwide and is allied with nine major nursing organizations in addition to AMSN. The foundation has received over 300,000 nominations and awarded more than 40,000 DAISY Awards.

In May, 2010, DAISY launched a Faculty Award to honor the inspiration provided by nursing faculty to their students. Eighty-seven schools/colleges of nursing are committed to this new program. DAISY’s  J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, established in 2007, are highly sought after, as well.

As a DAISY "Supportive Association," AMSN helps promote the foundation by getting its message out to med-surg nurses via this website, publications, social media pages, and other platforms.

About the Award

Award recipients are nominated by their, peers, physicians, patients and families, and other staff and administrators to receive:

  • A certificate held in a leather holder, proclaiming the recipient an "Extraordinary Nurse."
  • A DAISY Award pin
  • A unique, hand-carved serpentine stone sculpture from Zimbabwe, entitled "A Healer's Touch."
  • A Spotlight page on The DAISY Foundation Website, featuring a photo and telling the story of why the nurse was honored.

Each DAISY Award facility also receives a large celebratory banner that is hung in the recipient's unit for a month, generating very positive conversation about the special role nurses play in patient care. For more information, visit The DAISY Foundation Website.


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