About the DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died (at the age of 33) from complications of the autoimmune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). Patrick’s family was very touched by the remarkable compassion and clinical skill demonstrated by Patrick’s nurses during his illness, so they created DAISY to recognize exceptional nurses everywhere. The DAISY Foundation is dedicated to saying "thank you" to nurses and is now proud to recognize nursing students for their care of patients and their families.

Learn more about The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Instructors and The DAISY in Training Award at DAISYfoundation.org

DAISY In Training Award


About the DAISY In Training Award

The DAISY in Training Award™ is designed to remind students, even on the hardest days in nursing school, why they chose nursing as a profession. By recognizing nursing students for the above-and-beyond care and compassion shown to patients and their families, we celebrate what it truly means to be a nurse. We honor the nurse-patient connection that makes all the difference to patients and their families in their healthcare experience and that makes great nurses truly great. 


DAISY In Training Award Honorees

2019 DAISY In Training Undergraduate Award Honoree  

Peyton Barthel

Peyton Barthel

“Peyton always interacts with patients in a way that makes them feel safe and loved. On multiple occasions, Peyton and I had the opportunity to pray with patients that asked to be prayed with. We saw this have a very calming effect. On one occasion a teenage girl was at the hospital alone and being prepared for an appendectomy. I asked this girl if she wanted a chaplain to come pray with her to help relieve her fears. She very much wanted this. Upon finding that the chaplain had gone home for the day, Peyton happily filled in and prayed aloud over the scared girl. After the prayer, the patient had a dramatically different demeanor. It was obvious that Peyton's compassion had helped the patient have peace of mind. This is just one example of many times when Peyton was a smiling face and a comforting presence to a patient in need.”  

2019 DAISY In Training Graduate Award Honoree  

Justin Bannister

Justin Bannister


DAISY In Training Award Nominees

Tatum Balko 

Justin Bannister (Graduate Student) 

Peyton Barthel 

Forrest Bonner (Graduate Student) 

Amber Butts 

Conlee Callen (Graduate Student) 

Marlie Celka 

Emily Erdernberger 

Lauren Guy 

Maggie Hagelskamp 

Julia Maynard 

Taylor Ziegfeld

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DAISY Nursing Instructor Award


About the DAISY Nursing Instructor Award

Many students talk about hearing a professor or instructor’s voice in the back of their heads even years after graduation. These dedicated nursing instructors often do not receive appropriate recognition for the effect they have on students, patient care and the nursing profession 


The DAISY Foundation, as part of its service to the nursing profession’s role in patient care, established The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Instructors to provide colleges/schools of nursing a national recognition program they may use to demonstrate appreciation to their nursing instructors for their commitment and inspirational influence on their students. 


DAISY Nursing Instructor Award Honorees

2019 Award Honorees

DAISY Instructor Undergraduate Award Honoree

Dr. Amy Curtis, PhD, RN

Amy Curtis

“In the past 3 years of my college career, I have encountered many types of professors with multiple teaching styles and personalities. Many of these professors were very helpful. A few were not. I have no doubt, that whenever I am finished with my higher education, I will be able to look back and say that the one professor who was the most instrumental in my success was Dr. Curtis. She visibly demonstrates, on a daily basis, all of the characteristics of a "rock star" educator, coach, and counselor rolled up into one person. I have personally observed her come to work early and stay late to ensure she is prepared for her classes. She shows a personal interest in her students and their progress and uplifts and encourages them daily. Personally, if it had not been for her emotional support and encouragement I might have already given up and sought a different career path. Dr. Amy Curtis daily models the type of nurse we should all strive to be when we enter the workplace.”

DAISY Instructor Graduate Award Honoree  

Dr. Sarah Watts, PhD, RN

Sarah Watts

"When I began the graduate nursing program at Auburn in 2017, I had been out of school for ten years and was a mom of three. I was very intimidated at first. However, Dr. Watts was such an encouragement during that time of transition. She played a tremendous role in helping me gain confidence, and her example as a nurse educator inspired me to pursue my education further and become more involved in the advancement of nursing."


DAISY Nursing Instructor Award Nominees

Dr. Amy Curtis 

Dr. Francine Parker (Graduate Faculty) 

Ms. Karol Renfroe 

Ms. Kelly Strickland 

Dr. Sarah Watts (Graduate Faculty) 

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