Congratulations to Diane Nunez, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, FNAP, on receiving the 2018 Daisy Faculty Award. The DAISY Foundation, as part of its service to the nursing profession’s role in patient care, established the DAISY Faculty Award to recognize nurse faculty members who have made a profound impact on the future practice of their nursing students. The purpose of this program is to provide to colleges/schools of nursing a national recognition program they may use to demonstrate appreciation to faculty for their commitment and inspirational influence on their nursing students. The Foundation hopes that, in some way, this program will contribute to a positive work environment for faculty in schools.
Dr. Nunez was nominated for this award by one of her current graduate students in the adult-gerontology NP program. The student writes, "Dr. Nunez has been one of my professors since August 2016. She shows teaching excellence continuously with every student interaction. Dr. Nunez is very knowledgeable and always has her student’s best interests at heart. It is obvious that her ultimate goal is that all of her students not only successfully complete but excel in the DNP program. Dr. Nunez has recently been helping me write grant proposals for my DNP project to help me obtain funding. Helping me with this project, had no benefit to her but she still gave up her time to talk with me, edit my application, and write me an outstanding letter of support. I know I am not the only student in our program, but I am sure that she would do this for any of her students. She is truly an excellent professor and has made an extremely positive impact on my educational journey. I hope to one day teach at ASU when I complete my schooling and I am lucky to have a professor who represents everything I would like to be as an educator."
An acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, the DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died (at the age of 33) from complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). Patrick’s family was very touched by the remarkable compassion and clinical skill demonstrated by Patrick’s nurses during his illness, so they created DAISY to recognize exceptional nurses everywhere. The DAISY Foundation is dedicated to saying thank you to nurses and is now proud to recognize nursing faculty with the DAISY Faculty Award.