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The DAISY Foundation, named as an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune Systems, was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes following his death at age 33 from complications related to the autoimmune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. Moved by the care he received, his family developed a recognition program to honor and celebrate direct care nurses, nursing faculty and nursing students.

Two awards at SFA are designed to honor individuals who have dedicated themselves to caring for others.

DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students is a recognition program highlighting nursing students working in direct care who provide outstanding compassionate care to patients and families. Nominations are collected throughout the nursing program, and the recipient is announced at the Pinning Ceremony each semester. Patients, patient families, preceptors, faculty and other providers who work with students are encouraged to nominate a deserving student.

DAISY Award for Extraordinary Faculty

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Faculty is a national recognition program that academic institutions with nursing programs use to highlight nursing faculty for their commitment to and positive influence on students. The program helps contribute to a positive work environment and encourages nursing faculty to continue teaching. Alumni and current students are encouraged to vote for a faculty member who has had an impact on them.

DAISY student honorees

Read more about our honorees conferred the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students.


DeWitt School of Nursing

5707 North Street
Administration Building
Suite 102

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 6156, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962


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