The DAISY Foundation has appointed Cynthia D. Sweeney, RN, MSN, CNOR, NEA-BC, as its first executive director.
Sweeney worked for the past eight years for the American Nurses Credentialing Centers products and services team, where she developed new course content, oversaw the National Magnet Conference and Pathway to Excellence Conference, assisted in the development of this years inaugural Board Certification Conference, developed corporate partnerships and conceptualized Certified Nurses Day, according to a news release.
The DAISY Foundation an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System was established by members of J. Patrick Barnes family in 1999. Barnes died of the autoimmune disease idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura at age 33. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses was created to commemorate the skilled and compassionate care Barnes received from nurses, and to recognize nurses daily efforts. About 1,700 healthcare facilities worldwide participate in the DAISY Award program.