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.
The nomination period for the DAISY Faculty Award is January 21 – February 11, 2022.
The 2021 DAISY Award recipients are:
DAISY Faculty Award
Lauren Kendall, DNP, RN has continuously volunteered her time and efforts toward aiding the FSU community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. While arduously assisting Florida State University’s Health & Wellness Center in establishing the University’s Drive-Through Testing Center in summer 2020, she also spearheaded
COVID-19 relief efforts to support local health care partners (Archbold Memorial Hospital, Capital Regional Medical Center, and Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare). Collectively, Dr. Kendall donated on behalf of the College of Nursing, over 2,000 PPE
(Personal Protective Equipment) items such as gloves (~1,400), shoe covers (~250), safety goggles, and isolation gowns (~700 gowns).
Dr. Kendall also led COVID-19 relief efforts to support Archbold Memorial Hospital and Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare by leading nursing students in sewing and donating over 100 face masks, as well as helping screen individuals going to the Health Department. Dr. Kendall has also coordinated volunteer opportunities for nursing students with Second Harvest of the Big Bend, as well as Second Harvest of Tampa Bay and Second Harvest of Central Florida.
In her pursuit to help the community and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Dr. Kendall has been administering record-breaking COVID-19 vaccines to the public at the FSU Tucker Center’s COVID-19 vaccine drive-through, alongside Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. Thanks to Dr. Kendall and other brave frontliners, approximately 1,000 vaccines are being administered on a daily basis.
DAISY in Training Award
Sebastian Lopez recently completed his practicum in the pediatric intensive care unit at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. In this unit, Sebastian was able to gain the knowledge on providing state-of-the-art nursing care for infants, children, and adolescents with complex conditions. He is also a current employee of Publix supermarket as a pharmacy technician, where he has been able to ensure the correct and safe distribution of medications for the community. While working at Publix, Sebastian has taken part in fundraising opportunities for March of Dimes and United Way.
During the summer of 2020, he worked as a Certified COVID Nurse Assistant at Baptist Health. As the coronavirus pandemic progressed, hospitals in Jacksonville increased their need for nursing staff. With the hands-on training he gained during his time at FSU, Sebastian offered to care for those in a vulnerable and critical state.
Upon graduating and receiving his certification as a registered nurse, Sebastian’s goal is to find a position in a pediatric unit. He plans to continue providing care for vulnerable populations and participating in different programs to serve his community. Sebastian’s long-term goals include being certificated as a Critical Care Registered Nurse and returning to school to receive a Master of Science in Nursing as a family nurse practitioner.
DAISY Lifetime Achievement Award
Congratulations to College of Nursing Faculty member Sally P. Karioth, PhD, on receiving the 2021 DAISY Lifetime Achievement Award!
The DAISY Lifetime Achievement Award was created to recognize those nurses who have devoted their life's work to the compassionate care of others. Recipients of this award are nominated for their dedication to nursing through active mentoring, role modeling, advocating for their patients and promoting the positive image of nursing. They serve as a beacon of inspiration to those at all stages of their career and in the various and important roles of nursing.
To learn more about the DAISY Faculty Award and the DAISY in Training Award, visit the DAISY Foundation online at https://www.daisyfoundation.org/.