“She was an excellent nurse. She provided my care the day after my hip replacement surgery. I feel she met all the criteria for this award. For example, my hip bandage was leaking and my wife walked down to the Nursing Station to ask that my bandage be replaced when she had time (not an emergency). While walking back to the room, my wife passed a room with an elderly man. My wife observed the nurse talking to the lonely gentleman who was very emotional. She stopped what she was doing and spoke in a very soft, calming voice, asking him what was wrong. He stated he was just tired of being sick. She listened patiently and comforted him.”
The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at 33 of ITP, an auto-immune disease. The Barnes Family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created this national award to say thank you to nurses everywhere.