The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the Barnes family who lost their son Patrick to complications from an auto-immune disease. DAISY actually stands for Diseases Attacking Immune SYstem. While he was hospitalized, Patrick’s family “deeply appreciated not only the immense clinical skills, but also the enormous compassion shown to Pat and his family by his nurses”. After his passing, Pat’s family wanted to find a way to honor nurses who not only possess excellent clinical skills, but also provide compassionate care. Thus, the DAISY award was created.
The DAISY Award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day.
Nomination boxes and nomination forms are located on the nursing units at IRMC. Nomination forms can also be mailed in. Nomination stories may be written by patients, visitors, physicians, and colleagues to honor a nurse who they feel has excellent clinical skills and delivers compassionate care. Six times a year, the Daisy Selection Committee will review blinded nomination forms and select the DAISY award honoree. Our first Honoree will be recognized in summer 2021.
The honoree selected at IRMC will receive a hand-carved “Healer’s Touch” sculpture, a DAISY Honoree pin, and an award certificate. A surprise celebration will be held to announce the Honoree where the Nominee will be presented with their certificate, sculpture, and pin. The nomination story will be read at that time and the unit where the nurse works will receive cinnamon rolls (Pat’s favorite) as part of the celebration!