A Misericordia University Department of Nursing faculty member has been awarded The DAISY Faculty Award, which is presented by the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the very important value professors and instructors of nursing place in inspiring outstanding quality and compassionate patient care in nursing students.
Donna Ayers Snelson, R. N., D. Ed., Nuangola, associate professor of nursing and director of the Center for Nursing History at Misericordia University, received the award May 7 during a ceremony in the Founders Room at Misericordia University. She received the award after being nominated by her colleagues 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.’’
“This is not written for just one day of exemplary performance, but many years of commitment and dedication to the success of nursing students,’’ the nomination letter said about Dr. Snelson, a Nuangola resident. “Not only has Dr. Donna Snelson supported students for numerous years, but she has also inspired and mentored many budding nurse educators.
“She has advocated for students by bringing about change in the nursing program and fostered the growth of students as they progressed from freshman to senior years. She has shared her nursing knowledge across programs on both the undergraduate and graduate levels,’’ says the nomination letter, which was co-written by MU students and faculty. “Over her tenure, Donna has assumed many different roles and taught a multitude of courses with competence, innovation and accountability. She has imparted her knowledge to students not only in the classroom, but also in a variety of different clinical settings. I have only seen her treat students with respect and fairness.’’
The DAISY Foundation also recognized Tina Tomkins, R. N., M. S. N., C. R. N. P., P. H. R. N., assistant professor of nursing, by naming her a DAISY Foundation Honorary Faculty Member.
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 at the age of 33 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, an auto-immune 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.
The DAISY Foundation says thank you to the nursing profession in three ways: It honors the super-human work nurses do in direct care of patients and families every day through the awarding of The Daisy Award; by funding nursing research through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects; and honors nursing faculty by presenting The DAISY Faculty Award, which was established in 2010.
Dr. Snelson received The DAISY Faculty Award during a ceremony in the Founders Room. The foundation presented her with a DAISY Faculty Award pin, a Healer’s Touch sculpture and a certificate that reads: “To honor your exceptional impact on your students and your inspirational influence on their future.’’
“Misericordia University is proud to be among the schools of nursing participating in The DAISY Faculty Award program,’’ said Cynthia Mailloux, Ph. D., Glen Summit, associate professor and chair of the Department of Nursing at Misericordia University. “Faculty members indeed are very special, and The DAISY Faculty Award could not have been launched at a better time. It’s important that our faculty members know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.’’