AACN News: DAISY Foundation Receives Award


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DAISY Foundation to receive AACN-GE Healthcare Pioneering Spirit Award at 2012 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition

Since its inception in 1999, the DAISY Foundation has provided meaningful recognition of more than 16,000 nurses for their exceptional work to deliver competent and compassionate care to patients and their families

The Visionary Leadership Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recognizes significant contributions that influence high acuity and critical care nursing and relate to the association’s mission, vision and values

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — May 17, 2012 — The DAISY Foundation will receive the AACN-GE Healthcare Pioneering Spirit Award to honor its efforts to provide meaningful recognition to nurses as “unsung heroes” deserving of society’s profound respect and recognition for their education, training, brainpower, skill and compassion.

The award, from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and supported by GE Healthcare, will be given at the 2012 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, Orlando, Fla., May 19-24. This AACN Visionary Leadership Award recognizes significant contributions that influence high acuity and critical care nursing and relate to the association’s mission, vision and values.

The parents of J. Patrick Barnes established the DAISY Foundation — an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System — in 2000 to honor the spirit of their son, Pat, who died of the autoimmune disease idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) at the age of 33.

The family wanted to keep Pat’s very special spirit alive and recognize the skillful and amazingly compassionate care he received, even while he was sedated, from the nurses over his eight-week hospitalization. The primary mission of the DAISY Foundation is to express the family’s gratitude to nurses for the work they do for patients and families every day.

The foundation’s initiatives to thank the nursing profession include the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses honoring bedside nurses in nearly 1,000 institutions across the country; the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research that fund projects by nurses who continually evaluate and change their practice based on evidence; and DAISY Faculty Awards that honor nursing faculty in more than 50 schools of nursing for their commitment and inspirational influence on their students.

Since its inception, the DAISY Foundation has consistently taken the lead in meaningful recognition of more than 16,000 nurses for their exceptional work to deliver competent and compassionate care to patients and their families.

To learn more about the DAISY Foundation initiatives and projects, please visit http://daisyfoundation.org.
 

About The DAISY Foundation: The DAISY Foundation was formed in January 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). The foundation’s goals include:

  • To recognize the compassionate, superhuman work nurses do every day.
  • To honor the contribution to patient care by the dedication and inspiration of nursing faculty.
  • To fund treatment research and evidence-based practice projects conducted by nurses.
  • To support organizations whose mission is to assist and inform ITP patients and caregivers about the best ways to manage and treat their illness.

About the AACN-GE Healthcare Pioneering Spirit Award: The annual AACN-GE Healthcare Pioneering Spirit Award recognizes significant contributions that influence high acuity and critical care nursing regionally and nationally and relate to AACN’s mission, vision and values. Recipients of this Visionary Leadership Award come from business, academia and healthcare and receive a plaque and $750 honorarium at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition. Other Visionary Leadership Awards, AACN’s highest honor, include AACN’s Lifetime Member Award, Honorary Member Award and the Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career.

About the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition: Established in 1974, AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) represents the world’s largest educational conference and trade show for nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families. Bedside nurses, nurse educators, nurse managers, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners attend NTI.

About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN joins together the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and claims more than 240 chapters worldwide. The organization’s vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution.

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, Calif. 92656-4109;
Phone: (949) 362-2000; Fax: (949) 362-2020; www.aacn.org; facebook.com/aacnface; twitter.com/aacnme

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