In the latest installment in Tipton’s webinar series, The Why and How of Nurse Recognition During the Pandemic from the DAISY Foundation, panelists from The DAISY Foundation will share their thoughts on the importance of nurse recognition during this pandemic and how nursing leaders can continually support their teams.

Bonnie Barnes, DAISY Foundation Co-FounderMark and Bonnie

Shortly after the passing of their son, Bonnie and husband Mark Barnes founded The DAISY Foundation. Its mission is to recognize nurses across the country by funding nursing scholarships and awarding nurses who demonstrate outstanding service. Mark and Bonnie’s motivation to give back came from their gratitude for the extraordinary nurses who took care of their son, Patrick, who died from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. After witnessing their care and compassion, the couple wanted to create a foundation that honored nurses around the world.

Tena Barnes Carraher, Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Tena_2018Tena Carraher, wife of Patrick, is a co-founder of The DAISY Foundation and serves as its vice president of marketing and communications. In this role, she provides strategic direction over the foundation’s resource development, marketing materials, and internal and external communications. With more than 25 years of experience in marketing, Tena leads the marketing efforts with skill and expertise. She received her bachelor’s degree in communications from Arizona State University.

Cynthia Sweeney, DNP, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, FAAN, CAPT, USNR, Cynthia SweeneyNC, Ret, Vice President of Nursing

In her role as vice president of nursing, Cynthia Sweeney provides the “nurse perspective” for The DAISY Foundation and is heavily involved in program development. Before joining the foundation, she spent 40 years in nursing. Cynthia served in the Navy Nurse Corps, where she retired with the rank of captain. Cynthia also worked with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), where she oversaw the development of educational products and services that support nursing certification. In 2019, she was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Recently, she received the Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Nursing Research or Evidence-Based Practice Award from the Association of periOperative Nurses (AORN). She currently volunteers her time serving on a variety of boards. Cynthia earned her doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.

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