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Highland seeks nominations for Daisy Faculty and Student Award in Nursing

For many years, The DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses from the DAISY Foundation has recognized the many pressures on nursing faculty, and the profound impact on the future practices of their students.

Highland Community College is seeking nominations for The DAISY Faculty Award and for the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Student. The award is about celebrating nursing faculty and students for their inspirational influence on nurses of today and tomorrow.

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Student is designed to remind students, even on the hardest days in nursing school, why becoming a nurse is an enriching career choice. It is for those students who exemplify the delivery of clinical care in a compassionate way to patients and their families.

The DAISY Faculty Award was established to provide colleges a national recognition program to demonstrate a commitment and influence on their students. The DAISY Foundation recognizes faculty retention; engagement and a positive work environment. The faculty award program is about encouraging nursing faculty to continue teaching.

The DAISY Awards were established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at 33 from an auto-immune disease. The Barnes Family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring, and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick. They created this national award to demonstrate appreciation to the faculty of nursing students and to say thank you.

Highland Community College believes that by recognizing faculty and students for going above-and-beyond with care and compassion shown to patients and their families is what it truly means to be a nurse.

The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, April 30. For questions, contact Jessica Larson, MSN, RN, Nursing Faculty at 815-599-3452 or by email at Nomination forms are available at