Kent State College of Nursing Awards Fifth Annual DAISY Faculty Award

From Touch Point Online Magazine, Vol. II, Issue 4 – 12/6/18

Kent State Salem senior lecturer Lorene Martin, MSN, RN, CRNP, was recognized as the 2018 DAISY Faculty Award recipient at Kent State University Salem campus on November 29, 2018. Honorable Mentions were awarded to Krista Hawkins, MSN, RN, lecturer at Kent State Salem and Cherie Mountain, MSN, RN-BC, lecturer at Kent State Stark.

“Upon hearing I had been chosen for the Daisy Award, I was rendered speechless, which for those who know me well, is unusual,” said Martin. “Becoming a nurse was my lifelong dream. Now being part of the future for so many of these young people has been a privilege and a blessing.” 

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.

This was the fifth year the college has accepted nominations for the DAISY award. More than 50 nominations were submitted by Kent State students and faculty. Faculty members nominated for this recognition have made a lasting 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.

Martin does not view her work at the Kent State Salem campus as a job, but rather a calling, explaining this award is precious to her because it comes from her students. 

“The Salem campus is small, with a family-like atmosphere that allows faculty to get to know each of our students very well. My joy is in spending time with my students and watching them grow into professional nurses,” said Martin. “A lifelong Columbiana county resident, I know the importance of bringing baccalaureate prepared nurses to the community and I am so thankful for the opportunity to contribute to that endeavor.”

Described by many as an individual willing to go above and beyond in order to ensure her students’ success, below is an excerpt from one of Lorene’s nominations:

Lorene is the main reason I have been able succeed in this program. She is always willing to help students who need it - be that in the clinical setting or the classroom. Lorene is great at explaining things in more than one way so everyone can learn. She is very professional at clinicals and treats every patient with compassion and respect. I always see her with a positive attitude and a smile.

Learn more about The DAISY Faculty Award

POSTED: Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 4:26pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 11:50am
Mariah Gibbons