Ann James, ‘92 & ‘15, Honored with DAISY Faculty Award

Ann Marie James, MSN, RN, lecturer, was recognized as the 2017 DAISY Faculty Award recipient at Kent State University College of Nursing on November 16, 2017. Two Honorable Mentions were awarded to Tracey Motter, DNP, RN, associate dean for undergraduate programs, and Tracy Dodson, MSN, RN, lecturer.

This was the fourth year the college has accepted nominations for the DAISY award and it was met with an overwhelming response - more than 35 nominations were submitted by Kent State students and faculty. Faculty members nominated for The DAISY Faculty Award are individuals who have made an impact on their students, the students' future patients, and the nursing profession. They consistently demonstrate excellence in the classroom, in their clinical expertise and by providing outstanding leadership to our students and in the healthcare community.

The DAISY Foundation was formed in 1999 by the family of the late J. Patrick Barnes as a way to remember and honor the nurses who cared for Barnes during the last few weeks of his life. He was diagnosed with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura, an auto-immune disease. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem.

The DAISY Faculty Award was established, "to provide colleges/schools of nursing a national recognition program…to [show] appreciation to their nursing faculty for their commitment and inspirational influence on their students." The award includes a Healer's Touch Sculpture, which has been hand carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

Below is an excerpt from one of Ann Marie James' nominations:

Professor James is the most gentle, knowledgeable, patient, and helpful nursing professor I have ever encountered. She was very encouraging to me in the early nursing communication course, when I personally struggled to present in front of the class. Outside of the classroom, Ann James has aided me in receiving a nursing assistant position at a nearby hospital. She wrote me a thorough and thoughtful reference letter and checked in on Human Resources throughout my hiring process. She also chose me to assist her in the nursing skills lab at Kent's College of Nursing building. I have watched her interact with students in various nursing classes and she is always so professional, gently pushing each person to think critically and improve their nursing skills. Ann James is an incredible professor, employer and friend.

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Mariah Gibbons