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NPSF Joins DAISY Foundation as a Supportive Association

Tuesday, August 5, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Mark Alpert
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Recognizing Extraordinary Nurses

When Patrick Barnes died of an immune disorder in 1999 at the age of 33, his family wanted to do something to show their thanks to the nurses who had cared for him during his brief illness. Patrick’s wife came up with the acronym DAISY (for diseases attacking the immune system), and the family created the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.


Today, the DAISY Award program has been integrated into more than 1,700 health care facilities in all 50 states and 12 countries. Participating organizations use the program to provide ongoing recognition of the skill and compassion of nurses.


Yet the award has proven to be more than just a nice way of saying thanks. According to an article in Nursing Economics, “Meaningfully recognizing the extraordinary contributions of nurses is a key element in creating and sustaining healthy work environments.” Bonnie Barnes, a co-founder of the DAISY Foundation, said organizations participating in the program have noted its impact through improvements in nurses’ job satisfaction, nurse retention, and organizational culture.


“The DAISY Award gives organizations a way to offer ongoing, formal recognition of extraordinary efforts and compassionate care,” said Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, president, NPSF. “Restoring joy and meaning within the health care workforce is a key focus of the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute, and the DAISY Award is one example of how leaders can celebrate nursing excellence and reinforce what it really means to be part of that profession.”


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