Marion Villano Receives Daisy Faculty Award At Misericordia
ST. JUDE’S OBSERVES COMMUNITY READING DAY-The 18th Annual Community Reading Day was recently observed through a partnership with the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Beverly Cruikshank, Manager of First Keystone Community Bank in Mountaintop, was this year’s business volunteer. Mrs. Cruikshank visited the second grade class at St. Jude’s and read the Caldecott Medal winner Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. It is the story of a pair of mallards who decide to raise their family on an island in the lagoon in Boston Public Garden. The book was selected by the Northeast Pennsylvania Reading Association and was donated to the classroom library. Shown, front from left: Kyle Kocon and Kayden Ayre. Row two: Ronald Ungvarsky, Mrs. Cruikshank, and Emily Kuchar. Back: Kesi Wambold and Ethan Brenner.
VILLANO RECEIVES FACULTY AWARD-The DAISY Foundation recently presented Marion Villano, M. S. N., R. N., assistant professor of nursing at Misericordia University, with the DAISY Faculty Award. Participating in the presentation of the award, seated from left, are Dr. Cynthia Mailloux, Mountaintop; Marion Villano, Mountaintop; and Pamela Welch. Back: Dr. Brenda Pavill, Audrey Cunfer and Vanessa Mayorowski.

Misericordia University Assistant Professor of Nursing Marion Villano, M. S. N., R. N has been awarded The DAISY Faculty Award, which is presented by the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the important role professors and instructors of nursing play in inspiring high-quality and compassionate patient care from their nursing students.

Villano received the award May 5 during a ceremony in John J. Passan Hall, the home of the College of Health Sciences at Misericordia University. She received the award after being nominated by her colleagues and a nursing student for being a “nurse educator that exemplifies the kind of faculty member that students, colleagues, staff and administrators recognize as an exemplary educator and an outstanding role model.’’

Villano, a resident of Mountain Top, Pa., has been a compassionate and caring member of the nursing faculty at Misericordia University for 10 years. “Her clinical skills reflect professionalism,’’ members of the department wrote in her nomination form. “She is passionate in mentoring students to become stellar nurses. She is truly a clinical role model.

“Marion reaches beyond the student label to learn just who students are as individuals. She takes time to identify the true gifts of students and works with them to foster their success,’’ the Misericordia faculty added. “Her selfless practice of taking time out of a busy, hectic day to hear the voice of a student is what makes her unique and admirable.’’

A nursing student, who also nominated Villano for the award, agreed with her professors’ assessment. “Marion is an amazing educator. She has a scope of knowledge beyond nursing and is full of experience,’’ the student wrote. “She truly cares about our success. She takes time to spend with her students. We all feel loved and touched by her. She has made learning more personable and truly touches her students’ lives. There is a reason we call her grandma.’’

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The nonprofit DAISY Foundation, which is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., was established in 1999 by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died age of 33 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, an autoimmune disease. The care Mr. Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

“Misericordia is proud to be among the schools of nursing participating in The DAISY Faculty Award program,’’ said Cynthia Mailloux, Ph. D., professor and chair of the Dept. of Nursing at Misericordia. “Faculty members indeed are very special, and The DAISY Faculty Award could not have been launched at a better time. It is important that our faculty members know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to show that.’’