Walden University is a proud partner of The DAISY Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing extraordinary nurses for their skill, kindness and compassion provided to their patients and families. The foundation was created in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of complications of an auto-immune disease, which is where DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) derived. During Patrick’s eight-week hospitalization, his family was so touched by the care his nurses provided that they created the DAISY Foundation specifically as a way to say “thank you” to nurses. Today, The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is presented at over 3,000 healthcare facilities around the world.
Walden is honored to partner with The DAISY Foundation to recognize nurses for their skill, kindness, and compassion. Together, we hope to encourage a lifetime of learning through continuing education and degree advancement at every stage of a nurse's professional career. Through this partnership, we hope to help nurses develop as professional nurses in all levels of practice. The attributes of the DAISY award provide a strong foundation in meeting Walden’s mission of providing positive social change in the various professional setting within nursing today. Walden University takes great pride in both their faculty and students and DAISY provides a great opportunity to recognize them.