The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses
Dartmouth-Hitchcock participates in a nursing recognition program called The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Anyone may submit a nomination—patients, visitors, as well as physicians, nurses and all D-H staff and volunteers.
The DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of the autoimmune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. (DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system.) During Pat’s eight-week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to Pat but to everyone in his family. So one of the goals they set in creating a Foundation in Pat’s memory was to recognize extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the super-human work they do everyday.
Every Dartmouth-Hitchcock DAISY Award Honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit and will receive:
- A beautiful certificate.
- A DAISY Award pin.
- A hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch.
- Additionally, everyone in the nursing unit will celebrate with cinnamon rolls – a favorite of Pat’s during his illness. The Barnes Family asks that whenever and wherever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment and think about how special they are.