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NLN Celebrates Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in 2020 President’s Award Winners

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NLN Celebrates Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in 2020 President’s Award Winners

DAISY Foundation Founders & Nursing Education Perspectives Editor Emerita to Accept Top Honors at NLN Virtual Education Summit
Washington, DC — Bonnie and Mark Barnes, the husband-and-wife founders of the DAISY Foundation, and Joyce Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, who earlier this year retired after more than 20 years as editor of Nursing Education Perspectives, will be honored with the National League for Nursing President’s Award at the 2020 NLN Virtual Education Summit later this month. This prestigious recognition is bestowed each year to celebrate distinguished career achievements.

“I can think of no more deserving honorees than Bonnie and Mark, and Joyce,” said NLN President Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, RN, EdD, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAONL, FAAN, Professor and Dean Emerita at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and president of The Wise Group. “Their impact on nursing and nursing education has been nothing short of extraordinary, through decades of passionate support and active engagement that have propelled the science of nursing education and practice.”

Bonnie and Mark Barnes: The DAISY Foundation

Bonnie and Mark Barnes’s creation of the DAISY Foundation was born of a personal tragedy, the death of Mark’s son, Patrick, at 33, from an autoimmune disease. Determined not to let their loss be in vain, the retired advertising and marketing executives set out to honor the nursing professionals who had provided compassionate care to Patrick and do the same for nurses everywhere who are there for patients and families experiencing autoimmune disease. The foundation’s first initiative was The DAISY (an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Today, more than 20 years later under the couple’s leadership, the DAISY Award is celebrated in more 4,500 healthcare facilities and colleges of nursing in all 50 United States plus 28 countries abroad. More than 144,000 nurses, nominated by their patients, patient families and colleagues, have been award recipients. Each nomination, well over 1.8 million, tells the story of extraordinary nursing compassion and care. The DAISY Award has become a respected platform for healthcare leaders to showcase role models in nursing that reflect the mission and values of their institutions. Thus, the DAISY Awards program seeds positive change in organizational culture and behavior, motivating compassionate care, fostering teamwork, enhancing nurse engagement to offset burnout, and promoting the public image of nursing.

The Barnes have also developed two widely recognized corollary awards programs to specifically highlight the importance of nursing education to the preparation of a compassionate nursing workforce: The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty honors the inspiration and influence they exert on their students; and The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students, awarded during the students’ clinical training to emphasize that human connections with patients are key to compassionate nursing.

Joyce Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN

At the time of her retirement in January from the National League for Nursing’s respected peer-reviewed scholarly journal, Nursing Education Perspectives, Dr. Fitzpatrick was lauded as one of nursing education’s leading scholars and luminaries who occupied one of the most visible roles at the League. As editor, she cultivated and published research that elevated the status of NEP, making it a premier venue for scholarship in nursing education. Combining her twin passions for research and writing, she transformed it from a magazine limited in scope to issues of community health, service learning, and nurse-managed academic clinics to a serious, scholarly investigative journal.

In alignment with the League’s mission, NEP is today dedicated exclusively to advancing the science of nursing education. With the landscape of research in nursing education expanding, Dr. Fitzpatrick became increasingly selective in soliciting manuscripts that reported on rigorous multi-site studies that focused attention on the National League for Nursing’s Core Values: diversity/inclusion; integrity; caring; and excellence. A prolific author herself, Dr. Fitzpatrick is widely published in nursing and health care literature, with more than 400 publications, including more than 80 books, to her credit. She remains the editor of the journals Applied Nursing Research and Archives in Psychiatric Nursing.

Complete information about the 2020 NLN Education Summit, including online registration, can be found at

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