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 2017 DAISY and DAISY in Training Award recipients are:
DAISY Faculty Award
Mandy Bamber, Ph.D., RN, a native of Key West, graduated from the Florida State University College of Nursing in 2000 with a BSN and in 2008 with her MSN. Early in her nursing career, Dr. Bamber's focus was on obstetrical and newborn nursing. During this time, she frequently served as a preceptor for nursing students and found her love for teaching.
Bamber has taught a variety of courses since joining the FSU College of Nursing in 2008, including foundations, foundations lab, health assessment lab, communication in nursing, maternal-child clinical, acute and chronic clinical, leadership lab, evaluation methods in nursing education and women's health. Her end-of-course evaluations are exceptional and consistently rated above a 4.5. She takes pride in ensuring that her students have the best possible experiences and that they learn as much as possible while in the nursing program.
In May 2016, Bamber completed her Ph.D. at Saint Louis University with a focus in nursing education. Her research focuses on mindfulness meditation as an intervention. In the future, Bamber would like to expand her research and examine the effects of mindfulness meditation interventions on informal caregiver burnout, specifically with caregivers of medically needy children. She is currently working with a Ph.D. candidate and his committee from the Family Institute in the College of Human Sciences on a research project that examines the effects of spousal relationships on glycemic control of Type 2 diabetics. (more)
DAISY in Training Award
George Johnson is an ambitious, curious, clinically competent and exceptionally compassionate nursing student. From a young age, the native of Horry, S.C., felt a calling to serve others. He spent the first six years after high school as a medic in the U.S. Air Force. His journey to nursing began in 2014 when he attended a small state college, graduated summa cum laude and became a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. In 2017, Johnson was accepted to FSU's Accelerated BSN program. A dedicated father and husband, he knew this would be a life-changing opportunity for him and his family. Johnson is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, a global honor society of nursing. Upon graduation, he hopes to move home to South Carolina to begin a family nurse practitioner program and work as a critical care nurse. (more)
To learn more about the DAISY Faculty Award and the DAISY in Training Award, visit the DAISY Foundation online at https://www.daisyfoundation.org/.