What is the DAISY Foundation?

J. Patrick Barnes

 An acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem, The DAISYFoundation was formed in November, 1999, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). The nursing care Patrick received when hospitalized profoundly touched his family.  Read more about why they started The DAISY Foundation.

Shining the Light On All the Right

Shining the Light On All the Right
Celebrating the Art of Nursing Around the World

by Mark and Bonnie Barnes
Co-founders of The DAISY Foundation


Please take 4 minutes to watch this moving video about why we are so passionate about nurses.

Latest DAISY Foundation News

Nominate DAISY Honorees for The DAISY/IHI Patient Safety Award

The DAISY Foundation™ and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) invite your organization to submit your DAISY Award® Nurses and DAISY Team Award Honorees as nominees for the 7th annual DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in Patient Safety, presented in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.


Cherokee Uniforms Conference Scholarship open for applications!

Now Open! DAISY Honorees (regardless of the year the award was received) can apply for a Cherokee Uniforms Conference Scholarship. Learn more here.



Recent Webinars


Tuesday, August 18th, 10:00am PST. Mary Koloroutis and Bonnie Barnes discussed the pandemic and the impact they're seeing on health care, nursing, and the world, as well as The DAISY Foundation's new book, Shining the Light on all the Right. Listen to a recording of the conversation here.


Industry Partners

The following companies share our passion for the work nurses do every day and demonstrate their commitment to our work by generously supporting The DAISY Foundation with a significant national donation. Click on each logo to learn more about these very important DAISY Partners.

Supportive Associations

DAISY has grown internationally with the support of numerous organizations who know the value of recognizing the extraordinary compassionate work of nurses. We thank each of the following for collaborating with us to help advance our mission. Click on each logo to learn more about these very important supportive associations who are part of DAISY’s community!

International Advocates

International Advocates assist the DAISY Foundation in expanding the global reach of our nurse recognition programs.

Our Gratitude To

There are several organizations who make truly unique contributions to DAISY’s mission. Click on these logos to find out why we are so grateful to them.