DAISY Awards given to Nursing faculty and student

Hazel Downing and Sarah Hanes

Associate Professor of Nursing Hazel Downing, Ed.D., MSN, RN, and recent graduate Elizabeth Eichenberger (BSN ’16), received the DAISY Award and the DAISY in Training Award, respectively. The awards were announced at Hawai‘i Pacific University’s Spring 2016 BSN Pinning Ceremony, which was held on Monday, May 9 on the front lanai of Hawaii Loa campus.

The family of the late J. Patrick Barnes formed the DAISY Foundation in 1999 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.

The DAISY Award is to “honor the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day.”

The DAISY Faculty Award was established “to provide colleges/schools of nursing a national recognition program that they may use to demonstrate appreciation to their nursing faculty for their commitment and inspirational influence on their students.”

The DAISY In Training Award “is designed to remind students, even on (their) hardest days in Nursing School, why (they) want to be a nurse.”

Part of the award is a Healer’s Touch Sculpture, hand carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. Read more about the significance of the sculpture here