May 26, 2022

Purdue University Global School of Nursing partners with The DAISY Foundation to honor nurses

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — An established leader in online nursing education, the Purdue University Global School of Nursing believes in supporting the recognition of admirable individuals in the nursing industry.

That’s why the school is partnering with The DAISY Foundation™ to co-sponsor select hospitals that participate in the DAISY Award® program, which celebrates the extraordinary compassion nurses provide their patients and families every day.

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“We are thrilled to create this co-sponsorship opportunity with The DAISY Foundation and hospital organizations across the U.S. to recognize nurses for their compassionate care and commitment to patient safety and advocacy,” said Melissa Burdi, Purdue University Global vice president and dean of the School of Nursing.

The Purdue University Global School of Nursing will financially underwrite a hospital’s participation in the DAISY Award program for at least three years by covering the following expenses:

  • Award cost.
  • Administrative costs of joining the DAISY Award network.
  • Program orientation, training, marketing materials and more from The DAISY Foundation.

In addition, DAISY Award honorees will receive 25% off tuition in any Purdue University Global School of Nursing program.

Organizations interested in learning more about the sponsorship program and how to apply should contact Michelle Carlson at Sponsorships can be renewed at the end of the initial three years, based on mutual agreement between the Purdue University Global School of Nursing and the hospital.

Purdue University Global’s first participant in this initiative is St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll, Iowa.

“Nursing care is invaluable to the outcomes of patients, and a nurse’s calling is more than just a job,” said Scott A. Ellis, vice president of patient services and chief nursing officer for St. Anthony Regional Hospital. “It is important to recognize the extraordinary work the St. Anthony Regional Hospital nurses perform in every area. We are proud to partner with Purdue University Global to recognize our extraordinary nurses with the DAISY Award.”

The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation was created in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes to express gratitude to nurses for the care and compassion they experienced during his illness and at the end of his life. DAISY is an evidence-based form of meaningful recognition that can positively impact many aspects of a healthy work environment, including job satisfaction, retention, well-being, resilience, the patient/family experience and community loyalty. Over 5,300 healthcare organizations and schools of nursing participate worldwide, and more than 167,000 nurses have been honored.

“The DAISY Foundation is delighted that Purdue Global, a university dedicated to preparing clinicians for a dynamic future in nursing and in health care, will be sponsoring the DAISY Award program at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll, Iowa,” said Deb Zimmerman, chief executive officer for The DAISY Foundation. “The partnership between academia and practice is crucial for transforming health care. We applaud Purdue Global’s partnership with health care organizations and honoring the extraordinary and compassionate care given by nurses.”

About Purdue University Global

Purdue University Global delivers personalized online education tailored to the unique needs of adults who have work or life experience beyond the classroom, enabling them to develop essential academic and professional skills with the support and flexibility they need to achieve their career goals. It offers personalized paths for students to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, based on their work experience, desired pace, military service, previous college credits and other considerations – no matter where they are in their life journey. Purdue University Global is a nonprofit, public university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is affiliated with Purdue University’s flagship institution, a highly ranked public research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University also operates regional campuses in Fort Wayne and Northwest Indiana, as well as serving science, engineering and technology students at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. For more information, visit

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Sources: Melissa Burdi

Michelle Carlson

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Deb Zimmerman

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