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ECHN DAISY Award for Nurses

D.A.I.S.Y is the acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Foundation 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. The family felt they and Patrick experienced the best of Nursing. Not only did they witness expert clinical skill for a very complex medical situation, but it was the kindness and compassion that the staff showed to Patrick and his family every day. After Patrick’s death, the family created the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses. Their goal was to “ensure that nurses know how deserving they are of our society’s profound respect for the education, training, brainpower, and skill they put into their work and especially for the caring with which they deliver their care”.

Since 2008, ECHN has collaborated with Manchester Memorial Hospital, Rockville General Hospital, Visiting Nurse and Health Services of CT and Woodlake at Tolland to recognize one outstanding nurse each quarter of the year, based on nominations submitted by patients, patient families, staff and practitioners. If you know of a deserving nurse, submit your nomination today! Nominations that are submitted should be reflective of an excellent patient and family experience.

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