The DAISY Faculty Award provides colleges/schools of nursing with a national recognition program to demonstrate appreciation to nursing faculty for their commitment and inspirational influence on students. The DAISY-in Training Award is a newly established award designed to recognize and celebrate nursing students who exemplify the delivery of clinical care in an extraordinary and compassionate way to patients and their families.
Nominations for the Daisy Award open on July 1 and close on August 31. Nominations are accepted via our online form.
The 2016 DAISY and DAISY in Training Award recipients are:
DAISY Faculty Award
Stacy Wheeler, a registered nurse in Georgia and Florida, currently divides her professional time between two passions: helping her patients and instructing nursing students. Stacy is a nurse in the Emergency Department at John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville. There she takes care of a variety of patients. She considers this her “fun job” and strives to be the “best part of the worst day of someone’s life.” Courses she teaches include Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Trauma Nursing Core Course and Emergency Nurse Pediatrics Course. She states that her need to help improve patient outcomes is the driving force behind her professional accomplishments. When Stacy is not working in the Emergency Department, she is fulfilling her duties either as a clinical instructor at Darton State College or as an adjunct faculty member at Florida State University. She loves her students and is as thrilled as they are when the “light bulb comes on.” Teaching energizes Stacy and she believes makes her a better nurse. Besides her professional life, Stacy is on the board of directors for the Thomasville Music and Drama Troupe, the treasurer for The Woods Club, and a volunteer for an animal rescue organization. Stacy lives with her husband, teenage daughter, and 4 rescue dogs, and spends what little spare time she has reading and enjoying the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.
DAISY in Training Award
Kelli Welhaf, is an outgoing, enthusiastic, clinically competent, and overall extremely compassionate student. She came to Florida State University as a freshman in 2013 and began her journey with the College of Nursing in the fall of 2015. As a freshman, Kelli was inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma honor society, and as a sophomore, became a member of the Florida State University cheerleading program. She has since gotten the opportunity to be a leader for the university, participate in community service events, and cheer for sports such as football, volleyball, and basketball. Being accepted to the College of Nursing at Florida State was the beginning of her journey to becoming a nurse and she was beyond excited. Kelli is currently a third semester, senior nursing student and has maintained a 3.6 GPA. As a senior in the nursing program, she will be inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International, a global honor society of nursing. Kelli has known since high school that nursing was her passion and future goal. Upon graduation, she hopes to move to Atlanta and work in a Labor and Delivery or NICU unit.
To learn more about the DAISY Faculty Award and the DAISY in Training Award, visit the DAISY Foundation online at https://www.daisyfoundation.org/.
Congratulations to the 2015 Daisy Faculty Award Winner Theresa Winton!