Watson Caring Science Institute Joins The DAISY Foundation as a Supportive Association

Boulder CO, June 2020 — Given their shared passion for ensuring health care is provided to patients and families by compassionate, competent nurses, The DAISY Foundation™ and the Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI) have committed to supporting each other’s missions. DAISY is dedicated to providing meaningful recognition of extraordinary compassionate nurses internationally. WCSI advances the philosophies, theories, and practices of Human Caring, originated by Dr. Jean Watson. “The synergy between our missions is so strong, it was time we started working on ways to advance each other’s work. The work of WCSI is a significant reason why there are so many DAISY Award-nominated nurses, and we cannot wait to honor even more nurses for compassionate, Caring Science-inspired nurses,” said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, DAISY’s Co-founder, CEO.

Dr. Watson said, “The Daisy award exemplifies and showcases how individual nurse’s excellence in caring and compassion bring the light of human caring into institutional darkness. I’m delighted we join our shared values and mission to help celebrate nurses’ and system excellence.”

WCSI will help promote The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses to more healthcare organizations in the U.S. and internationally. DAISY will help promote its model of human caring and Caritas practices that focus on personal authentic theory-guided professional practice, honored with the DAISY Award.


Co-Founders Bonnie & Mark Barnes

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 Nurses, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in nearly 4,500 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of direct care Nurses, Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Nursing Faculty, Nursing Students, Lifetime Achievement in Nursing and through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects and Medical Mission Grants. More information is available at DAISYfoundation.org.


For further info:
WCSI: julie@watsoncaringscience.org
The DAISY Foundation: bonniebarnes@daisyfoundation.org