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

Nurses Week 2020: Celebrating the Present to Prepare for the Future

Our Vice President for Nursing, Dr. Cynthia Sweeney shares how compassion is a critical nursing attribute – which we're seeing firsthand during the #COVID19 crisis. Read her blog entry for HealthcareSource here


Sigma Offers Resources For Nurses

Sigma has put together a bundle of resources for nurses. It is open to ANY nurse---you do not need to be a Sigma member. Some of these resources also provide CE, which we know is important to nurses to maintain certifications and licensures. More information: https://www.sigmanursing.org/sigma-is-here-for-you


Recognition is Especially Meaningful in the Age of Coronavirus

By Bonnie and Mark Barnes, FAANs, Co-founders, The DAISY Foundation


Announcing 2020 Cherokee Medical Uniforms Nursing Conference Recipients

Careismatic Brands, Inc, and The DAISY Foundation Announce
2020 Cherokee Medical Uniforms Nursing Conference Recipients

LOS ANGELES – (February 14, 2020) – Careismatic™ Brands, Inc., the world leader in medical apparel and manufacturer of Cherokee® Medical Uniforms, along with the DAISY Foundation™ are pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of the Cherokee Medical Uniforms Nursing Conference Scholarship Program.