by Jessica Murphy

Two faculty members from University of West Georgia’s Tanner Health System School of Nursing recently received the DAISY Award from the DAISY Foundation. Clinical Assistant Professor Jody Bryan, RN, and Simulation Nurse Educator Colleen Needham, RN, were honored at a special ceremony, along with all UWG THSSON nominees, by Tena Barnes Carraher, co-founder of the foundation. 

Daisy award 2017

When Carraher’s husband, Patrick, passed away in 1999 from complications from Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP), she and her family members began looking for ways to remember him. They wanted to focus on the positive side of the situation to help overcome their grief, which was the care the nurses gave him throughout his illness.

As a way of saying thank you to the nurses, the family started a nonprofit organization called the Disease Attacking the Immune System (DAISY) Foundation. It was created to show how deserving nurses were of society’s respect. Eventually, a board member who was a former nursing school dean came up with the idea to extend the award to nursing faculty as well. Now, students, administrators and other faculty members can nominate those who they feel are deserving of the award. 

I take teaching very seriously; and I love it,” Bryan said. “It’s the kind of life work that brings good into the world. I want to grow the kind of nurses I’d want taking care of my own children. Being nominated by my nursing students for this award was such a touching and humbling experience.”

Needham said she was also humbled by her nomination, and she is grateful for the opportunity to share her passion for her profession with her students.

I am honored that students who nominated me appreciate my compassion for their learning,” said Needham. “I offer sincere gratitude and appreciation to be nominated by my colleagues, for without their hard work, support and encouragement, our simulation program would not have been realized. I really believe I have the best job.

Posted on June 6, 2017