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NPSF, DAISY Foundation, and Hill-Rom Team Up to Recognize Nurses for Patient Safety Efforts

Thursday, January 22, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Boston, MA, January 22, 2015--The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), a central voice for patient safety since 1997, and the DAISY Foundation, an organization that was founded to honor nurses who provide exceptional, compassionate care, are teaming up to recognize nurses with the National Patient Safety Foundation’s DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The inaugural awards will be conferred at the 17th annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress, which takes place April 29-May 1, 2015, in Austin, Texas.


This award program will recognize nurses for their personal commitment to patient safety in the delivery of compassionate care to patients and families. The awards will also raise awareness of the significance of nursing care with respect to patient and workforce safety.

“The National Patient Safety Foundation recognizes that all health professionals play critical roles in ensuring patient and workforce safety,” said Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, president and CEO, NPSF. “This award provides an opportunity to formally recognize and celebrate some of the most exceptional contributions to patient and workforce safety by nurses.”

The DAISY Foundation’s signature program, the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, is recognized by more than 1,800 health care facilities in all 50 states and in 13 other countries. Participating organizations use the program to provide ongoing recognition of the skill and compassion of nurses. Nominees for the National Patient Safety Foundation’s DAISY Award are nurses who have been recognized with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses by their organizations in 2013 or 2014. Letters of support from chief nursing officers, managers, and patients and families will augment the nominees’ DAISY Award stories, providing insight into their ongoing commitment to safe practice. Two recipients, selected by a panel of nurses, physicians, and family representatives, will be chosen to receive the awards at the NPSF Congress.

The National Patient Safety Foundation’s DAISY Award is made possible by a generous three-year grant from Hill-Rom, a leading global provider of clinical technology and patient safety solutions that enhance outcomes for patients and their caregivers.

"Our mission at DAISY is to honor nurses' extraordinary acts of compassion toward patients and families," said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, co-founder and president of the DAISY Foundation. "There is nothing more compassionate than protecting patients with safe, thoughtful care, so we are delighted to partner with NPSF and Hill-Rom to celebrate nurses who demonstrate this in their everyday practice."

For updates about the award and the NPSF Patient Safety Congress, visit

About the National Patient Safety Foundation
The National Patient Safety Foundation’s vision is to create a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm. A central voice for patient safety since 1997, NPSF partners with patients and families, the health care community, and key stakeholders to advance patient safety and health care workforce safety and disseminate strategies to prevent harm. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

About the DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was created in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of an auto-immune disease (hence the name, an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) Patrick received extraordinary care from his nurses, and his family felt compelled to express their profound gratitude for the compassion and skill nurses bring to patients and families every day. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses celebrates nurses in over 1,800 healthcare facilities around the world. For more information about The DAISY Award and the Foundation’s other recognition of nurses, faculty and students, visit

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