Nursing faculty and nursing students at Mississippi University for Women will soon be honored with The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty and The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students.

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The awards are part of The DAISY Foundation’s mission to express gratitude to nurses with programs that recognize them for the extraordinary, compassionate and skillful care they provide patients and families. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired the creation of The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, an evidenced-based means of providing nurse recognition and thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

“After discussion with our College of Nursing and Health Sciences Cabinet Leadership, we felt bringing this program to our college would allow us to recognize our deserving faculty and students and continue to support our appreciative culture,” said Dr. Brandy Larmon, dean of the College of Nursing & Health Sciences. “I feel students will be excited to see this addition and excited at the possibility of the nomination and recognition. Receiving such honor will be a wonderful highlight as they look for a job. Being able to say to a future employer that you were a DAISY recipient as a student is quite an accomplishment.”

The DAISY Foundation expanded its flagship brand The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses to Academic Institutions to recognize the faculty who inspire compassionate care in their students and the students who demonstrate it during their education.

“We honor faculty who inspire nurses to care like Patrick’s nurses cared for him and for our family,” said Bonnie Barnes, CEO and co-founder of The DAISY Foundation. “Recognizing and celebrating nursing students for the above-and-beyond care and compassion they show to patients and their families will be a strong reminder that nursing is not all about tasks and technology.”

Nursing faculty and nursing students may be nominated by colleagues, peers, patients, families or alumni. The award recipients will be chosen by a committee at The W to receive The DAISY Award, which will be presented at the Pinning Ceremony in May. The recipient then will select a faculty member they feel impacted their growth into a compassionate student nurse. Each honoree will receive a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

“Because The W has its White Coat in August, which also emphasizes compassionate care, our graduates will have come full circle in their pursuit of the goals of our profession,” Larmon said.

In addition to The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty and The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Students, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in over 3,600 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of direct care nurses, nurse-led teams, nurse leaders, lifetime achievement in nursing and through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects.

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Located in historic Columbus, Mississippi, The W was founded in 1884 as the first state-supported college for women in the United States. Today, the university is home to 2,227 students in more than 70 majors and concentrations and has educated men for 40 years. The university is nationally recognized for low student debt, diversity and social mobility which empowers students to BE BOLD.

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