DAISY Foundation announces new Lifetime Achievement Award for nurses

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Last month, the DAISY Foundation announced the launch of its new Lifetime Achievement Award, an effort to celebrate veteran nurses who exemplify compassion and skillful care.

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The award "is a capstone recognition for a truly great Nurse's career," DAISY Foundation co-founder and president Bonnie Barnes said in a company news release.

The organization was created by the family of Patrick Barnes in 1999 after his death at age 33 after surviving Hodgkin’s disease twice.

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Barnes’ wife, Tena, came up with DAISY (an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system) as a not-for-profit in honor of “the gifts nurses give their patients and families every day, just as we had experienced.”

DAISY’s Award for Extraordinary Nurses is considered one of the profession’s most coveted accolades. The new DAISY Lifetime Achievement Award, which originated from a fellow nurse in the program, will continue honoring the healthcare heroes who have dedicated 25-plus years to their work and “serve as a beacon of inspiration to Nurses at all stages of their careers.”

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Honorees will receive an award certificate, a DAISY lapel pin “and a unique Healer’s Touch sculpture on a pedestal with a personalized plaque attached.”

Read more about the award and nominate a colleague today.