The DAISY In Training Award

The DAISY In Training Award in memory of J. Patrick Barnes

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 Nurses and The DAISY in Training Award at

About the Award Program

The DAISY in Training Award ™ is designed to remind students, even on the hardest days in nursing school, why they have chosen 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.

Edgecombe Community College is proud to be a DAISY In Training Award Partner, recognizing two of our student nurses with this special honor yearly.

How to Nominate

Patients, visitors, staff, provider, preceptors, instructors, or unit directors may nominate a deserving student nurse. Criteria for the Nomination include:

  • Compassion: Demonstrates outstanding compassion at the bedside.
  • Advocacy: Demonstrates exceptional service as a voice for patient needs or wants.
  • Leadership: Demonstrates excellence in team collaboration and skill in the clinical setting.

You can nominate an extraordinary student nurse for this award by completing the form on this page, or complete and return a printable form.

Award Honoree

Each DAISY in Training Award Honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony at Edgecombe Community College and will receive a beautiful certificate, a DAISY in Training Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch.

The DAISY in Training Award Ceremony will take place Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. in Keihin Auditorium on the Tarboro campus.


Dr. Christie Marsh
Nursing Instructor
Office 304, Lamm Building, Rocky Mount campus
(252) 823-5166, ext. 523