The DAISY Foundation is known for spreading the love to nurses across the country. The foundation was started in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). Barnes’ parents were moved by the nurses that helped create a space of kindness and compassion.
With that time of their lives in mind, they wanted to thank nurses that create this type of environment for families day in and day out. They created the DAISY Foundation, DAISY standing for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.
NATHO was introduced to the DAISY Foundation in 2021. The DAISY Foundation saw a need for the award amongst traveling nurses as well, that may not be associated with just one hospital. COVID-19 has reminded us of the hearts and dedication of our nurses and we are excited to partner with this foundation to shine a light on the traveling nurses working hard to not only care for patients but bring sense of warmth to each room they walk in.
If you are interested in nominating a nurse, head here to do so!