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Walden University Awards:
The DAISY Award

Walden celebrates the accomplishments of the university community—students, new graduates and those who supported them, alumni, and faculty—through a number of annual awards.

Walden and the DAISY Foundation

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.




Faculty eligibility: All Walden University College of Nursing core, contributing and clinical faculty are eligible to receive this award.

Student eligibility: All Walden University College of Nursing students or alumni are eligible to receive the award.

Nominations will be reviewed by the DAISY Awards Committee. Awards are distributed at least one time per year, but you can nominate a student any time of the year.

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An acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem, The DAISY Foundation was formed in November 1999, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. The nursing care Patrick received when hospitalized profoundly touched his family.

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Past Recipients

Winter 2024

Melanie J. Wilhelm, DNP, CPNP, Core Faculty, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Sonya DiCiro, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, Student, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Tia Jones, APRN, FNP-BC, Student, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Winter 2023

Stephanie Gatica, DNP, Contributing Faculty, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Summer 2023

Judi Kuric, DNP, Associate Dean I, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)