Lisa Davis, MSN, RN, Named 2019 Kent State DAISY Award Recipient

From Touch Point Online Magazine, Winter 2019 – Vol. III, Issue 4

Kent State University College of Nursing lecturer Lisa Davis, MSN, RN, was recognized as the 2019 DAISY Faculty Award recipient at Henderson Hall on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. Honorable Mentions were awarded to Kent campus faculty members Kimberly Cleveland, JD, MSN, RN, C-MBC, lecturer, and Edward A. Herzog, MSN, RN, APRN-CNS, Associate Lecturer.

“I feel so honored to be recognized as the 2019 DAISY Faculty Award recipient,” said Davis. “Receiving this recognition serves as a reminder that teaching nursing students gives me a unique opportunity to mentor and inspire the next generation of healthcare providers. I am blown away by this award.”

Described as having a genuine love and passion for nursing, below are two excerpts from Davis’ nominations:

2019 DAISY Award recipient Lisa Daivs (left) and Dean Barbara Broome
Lisa is phenomenal. She is kind, compassionate, and caring towards my classmates, myself, and our patients. There was one instance in which I told her I did not have faith in myself to correctly change a bag of IV fluids. She looked at me, smiled, and told me how much faith she had in me. Lisa is very encouraging and does everything in her power to make sure her students have as many opportunities for new experiences as possible. She genuinely loves what she does and is an incredible instructor. I know I am a better student and will be a better nurse because of her.
Lisa is an outstanding nurse who challenges and empowers her clinical students to provide the best care possible. Her presence is calming and provides reassurance in even the most stressful of situations. I am better for having met Lisa and hope to one day be as competent and passionate about the nursing profession as she is!

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.

Barnes’ family established The DAISY Faculty Award, "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.

“It is very important that we recognize and honor our nursing faculty, especially those who are doing a phenomenal job with their students,” said College of Nursing Dean Barbara Broome, Ph.D., RN, FAAN. “When someone truly loves their job, it comes forward in all they do. However, many times, that individual may not realize the lasting impact they’ve made on people until it is pointed out and celebrated. That is why the DAISY Award is so important.”   

This was the sixth year the college has called for nominations. All Kent State University College of Nursing full-time and part-time professors were eligible to receive the award, except for past winners. More than 40 nominations were submitted by Kent State nursing students. Each nomination described a faculty member who had made a lasting impact on their students, the students' future patients, and the nursing profession. These faculty members consistently demonstrate excellence in the classroom, in their clinical expertise, and by providing outstanding leadership not only to Kent nursing students, but also in the healthcare community.

Previous Kent State DAISY Award recipients include: 2018 - Lorene Martin, Salem campus; 2017 - Ann Marie James, Kent campus; 2016 - Jo Ann Ferguson, Geauga campus; 2015 - Tim Meyers, Kent campus; and 2014 - Diana Fleming, Kent campus.
POSTED: Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 4:40pm
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Mariah Gibbons