The DAISY Foundation Welcomes the Watson Caring Science Institute as a Supportive Association

Given their shared passion for ensuring health care is provided to patients and families by compassionate, competent nurses, The DAISY Foundation™ and the Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI) have committed to supporting each other's missions. DAISY is dedicated to providing meaningful recognition of extraordinary compassionate nurses internationally. WCSI advances the philosophies, theories, and practices of Human Caring, originated by Dr. Jean Watson. "The synergy between our missions is so strong, it was time we started working on ways to advance each other's work. The work of WCSI is a significant reason why there are so many DAISY Award-nominated nurses, and we cannot wait to honor even more nurses for compassionate, Caring Science-inspired care," said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, DAISY's Co-founder, CEO.

Dr. Watson said, "The DAISY Award exemplifies and showcases how individual nurses' excellence in caring and compassion bring 'the light of human caring into institutional darkness'. I'm delighted we join our shared values and mission to help celebrate nurses' and system excellence."
WCSI will help promote The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses to more healthcare organizations in the U.S. and internationally. DAISY will help promote WCSI's model of human caring and Caritas practices that focus on personal authentic theory-guided professional practice that is ultimately honored with the DAISY Award.

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 Nurses, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in nearly 4,500 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of direct care Nurses, Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Nursing Faculty, Nursing Students, Lifetime Achievement in Nursing and through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects and Medical Mission Grants. More information is available at

The Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI) is an international non-profit organization created to advance the philosophies, theories and practices of Human Caring, and 10 Caritas Processes® - universals of human caring originated by Jean Watson, The Theory and Science of Human Caring seeks to restore the profound nature of caring-healing, and bring the ethic and ethos of Compassion/Caring and Love back into Healthcare. Through an extended network of professional, clinical and academic colleagues, the Institute translates the model of Caring-Healing/Caritas into more systematic programs and services which can continue to transform healthcare, one nurse/one practitioner/one educator/one system at a time.
WSCI is dedicated to help the current health care system retain its most precious resource – competent, caring professional nurses – while preparing a new generation of health professionals in a broader model of Caring Science. WSCI is helping to ensure caring and healing for the public, reduce nurse turnover, and decrease costs to the system.
The Watson Caring Science Institute builds upon the lifetime background and global academic and clinical leadership experiences of Dr. Jean Watson, founder of WCSI and distinguished professor/Dean emerita of University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing; holding 15 Honorary Doctorates for her work in the field of Caring-Healing philosophy, theories, and practices.. Working with expertise from WCSI faculty and over 500 trained Caritas Coaches®, Watson and her colleagues work to develop and implement the science, theories and philosophies of caring and healing used by nurses and academic and clinical institutions internationally.

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