Professional Nurse Council

Altru’s Professional Nurse Council (PNC) members fulfill two main roles: nurse enhancement and public relations. Nurse enhancement focuses on promoting the professional image of nursing and enhancing awareness of nursing abilities. Public relations involves increasing public awareness of the expanding role of the nurse, as well as encouraging participation in community events.


The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at 33 of ITP, an auto-immune disease. The Barnes Family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick. They created this national award to acknowledge exceptional nurses.

DAISY Award honorees personify Altru Health System's remarkable patient experience. These nurses:

  • demonstrate excellence through clinical expertise
  • provide extraordinary compassionate care
  • are recognized as outstanding role models

Altru Health System is proud to be a DAISY Award hospital partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor every month.

See the DAISY Award Nomination Form.


Altru’s Professional Nurse Council works to promote a collaborative, collegial and mutually respectful relationship between nursing, nursing administration, physicians, residents and all departments. PNC strives for increased public awareness of the expanding roles and responsibilities of the nursing profession as a whole.

PNC enables nurses to influence their work environment by providing a means whereby issues and concerns of nursing staff may be addressed and mutual problem resolution can occur.

The outcome of the Council’s efforts will be:

  • increased personal and professional growth
  • involvement and autonomy of the nursing staff
  • quality services to our customers
  • increased involvement, responsibility, and accountability
  • improved communication and collaboration