University of Detroit Mercy

04/29/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/29/2019 12:18

University of Detroit Mercy nursing faculty and students to be recognized with The Daisy Award

University of Detroit Mercy nursing faculty and students will be honored May 9 with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty and The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students. These awards are part of The DAISY Foundation's mission to express gratitude to nurses with programs that recognize them for the extraordinary, compassionate and skillful care they provide patients and families.

The DAISY Foundation's DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses recognizes the faculty who inspire compassionate care in their students and the students who demonstrate it during their education.

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes by members of his family. He died at the age of 33 in 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.)

'We honor faculty who inspire nurses to care like Patrick's nurses cared for him and for our family,' said Bonnie Barnes, CEO and co-founder of The DAISY Foundation. 'Recognizing and celebrating nursing students for the above-and-beyond care and compassion they show to patients and their families will be a strong reminder that nursing is not all about tasks and technology.'

Colleagues, peers, patients, families and alumni may nominate nursing faculty and nursing students for these awards. Award recipients are chosen by a committee at Detroit Mercy's College of Health Professions; awards will be presented May 9. Each honoree receives a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a sculpture called 'A Healer's Touch,' hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

'Our Clinical Management and Innovation Team wanted to create a means of recognizing clinical excellence in our students and faculty that was congruent with the University's mission. Nursing faculty have a profound impact on the future practice of our students, and our students are very committed to becoming compassionate nurses,' explained Shari Lambert, assistant dean of Clinical Instruction & Partnerships in the College of Health Professions. 'We are very proud to partner with DAISY as we have extraordinary nursing students and faculty here at Detroit Mercy.'

To learn more about Detroit Mercy's College of Health Professions and McAuley School of Nursing, please visit http://healthprofessions.udmercy.edu/index.php.

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) The care Patrick and his family received from Nurses while he was ill inspired the creation of The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses, an evidenced-based means of providing Nurse recognition and thanking Nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

In addition to The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty and The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Students, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in over 3,600 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of direct care Nurses, Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Lifetime Achievement in Nursing, and through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects. More information is available at http://DAISYfoundation.org.