Biographical Statement – Bonnie and Mark Barnes, FAANs

Bonnie and Mark Barnes spent their careers working as advertising and marketing executives. They were retired, growing wine grapes in Sonoma, CA, and enjoying life in 1999 when Mark's son Patrick, age 33, developed the auto-immune disease, Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP). Pat and his wife had given birth to the family's first grandchild 6 weeks prior to Pat's illness, so they flew to be with him and his wife. Pat's death was a terrible surprise to his family. However, the nursing care they experienced during Pat's 8-week hospitalization compelled them to express their gratitude to nurses everywhere for the clinical skill and especially compassionate care nurses provide every day. This is why The Barnes's created The DAISY Foundation (an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system) and The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Today, under Bonnie and Mark's leadership, The DAISY Award is celebrated in over 4,500 healthcare facilities and colleges of nursing in all 50 United States plus 28 other countries. Over 136,000 nurses have been honored, having been nominated by their patients, patient families, and colleagues. Each nomination (of which there have been well over 1.6 million) tells the story of extraordinary compassion and care provided to a patient. The impact of these stories' public DAISY Award celebrations on nurses and their organizations is well documented. The DAISY Award provides healthcare leaders the means to highlight all the "right" going on in their organizations, providing great role-modeling opportunities, and a way to make tangible the organizations' mission and values. The result is a program that helps drive organizational culture, inspire and motivate extraordinary nursing, nourish teamwork, enhance nurse engagement, promote the professional image of nursing, and offset compassion fatigue with compassion satisfaction.

Bonnie and Mark were also eager to thank nurses by supporting nurses' effort to improve their practice through research and evidence-based practice projects. So the Foundation funds grants focused on treatment of patients with auto-immune diseases and cancer. Directing this program with the Barnes's are a distinguished panel of nurse scientists who volunteer their time and expertise to help DAISY support both experienced and novice researchers in their work. In the academic world, in recognition of the importance of nursing faculty during these difficult times, the Foundation offers colleges and schools of nursing The DAISY Faculty Award, a tool for helping retain great faculty and honor the inspiration and influence they have on their students throughout their nursing careers. Finally, The DAISY in Training Award recognizes extraordinary compassion and skill provided by nursing students during their clinicals, reminding them that nursing is not only tasks and technology but human connection and compassion to the person in that bed or chair.

The Foundation's work is supported by numerous professional organizations, including the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses, the American Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, the American Assembly of Men in Nursing, the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses, the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses, the Emergency Nurses Association, the International Transplant Nurses Association, the National Patient Safety Foundation, the Society of Pediatric Nurses, the Society of Trauma Nurses, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the National League for Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society for Nursing.
Bonnie and Mark speak at healthcare organizations and nursing conferences throughout the year. They have been honored for their work by hospitals and nursing organizations with Friend of Nursing Awards and the prestigious President's Special Recognition Award at the Magnet Conference in 2010. In May, 2012, they were honored with AACN's Pioneering Spirit Award, and in October, 2012, they were inducted as Honorary Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing. In 2015, they were inducted as Honorary Members of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Nursing Honor Society, and in April, 2016, they received Honorary Member Awards from the Oncology Nursing Society and the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses.