DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The Daisy Award Foundation was formed in November 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). As Patrick’s family brainstormed what to do in his memory, the one really positive thing they could hold onto from the experience of his eight-week hospitalization was the skillful and amazingly compassionate care he received from his nurses - even when he was totally sedated. When Pat died, his family felt compelled to express their profound gratitude to nurses for the work they do for patients and their families every day.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital staff, as well as patients and families, can nominate an extraordinary nurse using the links below.
Daisy Award recipients are recognized quarterly and winners receive the national Daisy Award sculpture, a Daisy Award pin and certificate as well as Cinnabon rolls (a favorite of Patrick’s).
Patients, Families, Visitors and Friends
Have you or someone close to you received care from a wonderful nurse? Tell us about him or her! Fill out a Daisy Award Nomination form to nominate your nurse.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Employees
Do you work with an exceptional nurse? Tell us about him or her! Fill out a Daisy Award Nomination form to nominate your co-worker.