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

Upcoming Webinars


Tuesday August 18th at 5:00 EST. Our first Tambayan! Join DAISY Co-founders Mark and Bonnie Barnes and the Western Region of the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) at the launch of "Tambayan sa Kanluran" They have prepared some very interesting questions for us and we look forward to the conversation. Register here.


Call For Action to Recognize Nursing Faculty!

Now more than ever, we need to retain and recruit nursing faculty, especially given the critical shortage of nursing that is coming. So in partnership with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) the National League for Nursing (NLN) and the Organization of Associate Degree Nurses (OADN) we issue a national call to action for schools of nursing to honor their faculty for their inspiration of students and as role models in compassionate nursing practice. Learn more here.


Honor Your Nurses Whose Work in POLICY Advances Compassionate Care!

 Learn more about the The HealthImpact DAISY Nurse Leader Award For Advancing Compassion Through Policy 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.