DAISY Award Honors Extraordinary Nurses

Daisy Award Logo

When 33-year-old Patrick Barnes died of an autoimmune disease, his family struggled with how to celebrate his memory. They found their answer in the compassion, sensitivity and caring of the nurses who cared for Pat. Thus was born a national program called The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare nurses have the opportunity to be honored with The DAISY Award.



DAISY stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. Pat died from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. His family members established the not-for-profit DAISY Foundation, based in Glen Ellen, Calif.

The DAISY Award, presented in collaboration with The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the “super-human” efforts nurses perform. Mayo Clinic Health System is among more than 1,000 healthcare organizations nationwide committed to The DAISY Award program.

You may nominate a Franciscan Healthcare nurse for the DAISY Award one of three ways:

The award is presented monthly. Nominations received by the 15th of the month will be considered for the following month's award.

If you have questions about the DAISY Award please email Nursing Education or call 608-392-9402 (questions only, please).

SrJoyceBantle for web

The DAISY Award is made possible through a gift from the Sister Joyce Bantle Endowment. The late Joyce Bantle, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, was a nurse at Mayo Clinic Health System — Franciscan Healthcare for more than 50 years. In 2004 she was honored with a gift made from the estate of Dorothy Jiracek.