Andalusia Health looks to honor nurses with DAISY Award

Published 9:15 am Friday, April 22, 2022

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The DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses was created in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at 33 of ITP, an autoimmune disease, and Andalusia Health is seeking nominations for nurses.

“The Barnes family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring, and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created this international award to say thank you to nurses everywhere. The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day. Barnes’ family established the DAISY Foundation after he died from complications of ITP in 1999. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family. When he died, they felt compelled to say thank you to nurses in a very public way,” a statement read.

The DAISY Nurse Leader Award recognizes nurses who are extraordinary in the impact they have on compassionate patient care. Honorees can be any nurse leader who impacts patient care directly including supervisors, managers, educators, or nurses who specialize in case management, informatics, or patient flow.

This nurse leader impacts staff and/or the patient care they manage by the following:

  • Role modeling extraordinary behavior
  • Creating an environment where attributes of trust, compassion, mutual respect, continued professional development and ethical behavior are modeled and supported
  • Motivating staff with a shared vision and enthusiasm to achieve better outcomes for themselves and for their patients
  • Promoting and enhancing the image of nursing within the organization, the community and the profession

To submit a story about a nurse you know, visit

“We want to recognize our nurses who do an excellent job, and we need your participation. Please share your stories about the nurses who did great, so we can honor them the way they deserve,” said an Andalusia Health staff member.