March 1, 2022, Waterloo, IA – Nursing Faculty and Nursing Students at Allen College will soon be
honored with The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty. The award is 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 expanded its’ flagship brand The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses to
Academic Institutions in order to recognize the faculty who inspire compassionate care in their students.
"We honor faculty who inspire nurses to care like Patrick's nurses cared for him and for our family.
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,” said Bonnie Barnes, CEO and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation.
Nursing Faculty may be nominated by colleagues, peers, patients, families, or alumni. The
award recipients are chosen by a committee at Allen College to receive The DAISY Award which will be
presented once a year at an annual faculty meeting. Each Honoree receives a certificate, a DAISY Award
pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the
Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.
Said Kendra Williams-Perez, Dean of the School of Nursing, Allen College, “I am so excited to be
able to honor our amazing nursing faculty at Allen College. This award recognizes and celebrates the
impact nursing faculty have on future nurses. In a time when nurses are needed most, this sends a
About The DAISY Foundation
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, 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.