The DAISY Foundation was created in 1999, in honor of J. Patrick Barnes’ memory. Patrick had an 8-week hospital stay before passing away from an auto-immune disease. His family wanted a way to recognize the exemplary care Patrick and his family received during his final weeks of life. After creating this non-profit and piloting the recognition program…it’s since been implemented in all 50 US states and 31 countries/territories.
From the DAISY Foundation website, “We created The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses and piloted the program at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, whose nurses cared for Patrick during the last weeks of his life. Our goal was to ensure that nurses know how deserving they are of our society’s profound respect for the education, training, brainpower, and skill they put into their work, and especially for the caring with which they deliver their care. At the time we started the program, we could not have anticipated that The DAISY Award would come to be regarded as a strategic tool for nurse recruitment and retention and would be adopted by healthcare facilities all over the U.S. and beyond.”
At Family Health West, the Daisy Award is given quarterly.
December 2021 nominees were:
The December DAISY Award winner is Joan Dorrance, RN. Her nomination is summarized as…
Recently, I got to see firsthand how amazing the staff is at caring for patients at FHW. My daughter had to have outpatient surgery, and the care and kindness Joan showed were incredible. She went well out of her way to make my daughter and I both feel comfortable through the whole procedure. She was informative throughout the whole stay and treated my daughter as if she was one of her own kids. I feel she is an exemplary nurse and embodies every single FHW value.