The DAISY 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). DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem. Patrick's family was profoundly touched by the kind and compassionate care provided by the nursing staff during his hospitalization. In Patrick's memory, the family wanted to express their gratitude for the gift nurses share with patients and families every day, just as they had experienced.
The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses was created to ensure that nurses know how deserving they are of our society's profound respect for the education, training, brainpower, and skill they put into their work, and especially for the care that they share with patients and families.
DAISY Award honorees personify UCLA Health's remarkable patient experience. These nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care, and they are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community.
DAISY Award recipients are registered nurses who exemplify the nursing values: Extraordinary Compassion, Respect, Excellence, Discovery, Integrity, and Teamwork in the work they do daily.
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