American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing Joins Nursing Alliance Supporting The DAISY Foundation

September 25, 2012
Contact: Janet D'Alesandro

Pitman, NJ – Given what they do, nurses can't be thanked and honored enough. That is why the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) recently joined an alliance of nursing groups that support The DAISY Foundation, an organization that gives grants and awards to outstanding nurses.

"DAISY Awards are highly respected globally," said AAACN President Suzanne Wells, MSN, RN. "AAACN is pleased to support the foundation not only because it recognizes extraordinary nurses and offers grants, but because DAISY increases public awareness of nurses' daily contributions."

The DAISY Foundation was created in 1999 to thank nurses for their compassionate patient care by the family of Patrick Barnes, a 33 year-old man who died from the auto-immune disease idiopathic thrombocytopenia. The DAISY acronym signifies Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The foundation currently partners with more than 1,300 health care facilities worldwide and is allied with nine major nursing organizations in addition to AAACN. The foundation has received over 150,000 nominations and awarded more than 30,000 DAISY Awards.

As a DAISY "Supportive Association," AAACN will help promote the foundation by getting its message out to ambulatory care nurses via its website,, publications, social media pages, and other platforms. DAISY Foundation co-founders will attend the 2012 AAACN Annual Conference in Las Vegas in April to encourage nurses to bring the foundation's programs to their institutions.

"We are thrilled to have the support of AAACN," said Bonnie Barnes, DAISY's co-founder and president. "Nurses who practice in ambulatory care settings are critical to the health care system. The DAISY Award honors nurses in all settings and AAACN will help us broaden our reach to spotlight nurses who practice outside the hospital."

More Information
For more information about AAACN and its resources, visit the website,; call 1-800-AMB-NURS (6877); fax: 856-589-7463; e-mail:

For more information about The DAISY Foundation, go to

About the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing
The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) is a welcoming, unifying community for registered nurses in all ambulatory care settings. As the premier nursing organization for this specialty, AAACN is devoted to advancing the art and science of ambulatory care nursing. For more information, about AAACN, visit the AAACN Website; call: 1-800-AMB-NURS (6877); fax: 856-589-7463, or email us at