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The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. (DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system.) During Pat’s 8 week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to Pat but to everyone in his family. In creating a Foundation in Pat’s memory, one of the goals was to recognize extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the super-human work they do every day.

The DAISY Faculty Award

The purpose of the DAISY faculty award is to provide a national recognition program to colleges/schools of nursing. This award demonstrates appreciation to faculty for their commitment and inspirational influence on nursing students. The Foundation hopes that this program will contribute to a positive work environment for faculty in schools.

Criteria for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty
  • Serves as a role model of professional nursing.
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm for teaching, learning, and nursing that inspires and motivates students.
  • Demonstrates interest in and respect for learners.
  • Uses personal attributes (e.g., caring, confidence, patience, integrity and flexibility) that facilitate learning. 
  • Is fair and unbiased in his/her treatment of individual students. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.Develops collaborative working relationships with students and colleagues.
To nominate a faculty member, share an example of the nominee’s excellence in education including specific Criteria for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty. All faculty members are eligible for nomination and can be nominated by students, faculty and administrators. Click here to go to the Nomination Process Page.