| Washington, DC — Recognition of extraordinary nursing faculty is more important than ever. The DAISY Foundation™ in partnership with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the National League for Nursing (NLN) and the Organization of Associate Degree Nurses (OADN) is issuing a call to action for schools of nursing to recognize and celebrate their nursing faculty as role models in compassionate nursing practice. Now is the time!
The COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement have shined a light on faculty who have seen the opportunity to contribute in a positive way, in spite of the many challenges faced. Nursing faculty have demonstrated their commitment to nursing education, as they converted courses from brick and mortar delivery to online learning opportunities in record time and used their ingenuity to provide clinical experiences in simulated environments during these past months. Working with their institutions, they ensured the psychological safety as well as the physical safety of their students, making themselves available to their students long after the workday was complete.
Recognition and celebration of these national treasures and their ongoing dedication to their work will help to retain them as faculty and encourage them in their mission to educate and create the best nursing workforce for years to come. They are integral to the next generation of nurses and to the nursing profession at large. Their valuable contributions must be recognized in an ongoing and meaningful way. The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Faculty provides that opportunity.
Capturing stories of gratitude for them, whether from students, colleagues, clinical staff, patients, or others who witness the impact of their actions, is important. These stories provide a valuable way to express gratitude to them. More importantly, the stories of such faculty articulate and elevate actions that are valued as representing the nursing profession at its best. The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Faculty provides the means for these stories to be honored, shared and preserved; and for the honoree, to be a part of DAISY’s international community of outstanding nurses.
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