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Nursing faculty get the recognition they deserve
Influencers of tomorrow can be honored with special DAISY Award
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By Lisette Hilton
EDITOR'S NOTE: Lisette Hilton is a freelance writer.
Many know The DAISY Foundation for its clinical nurse recognition program. But the foundation also has a nurse faculty recognition program that deserves exactly what it promotes: more recognition.
Nursing schools across the U.S. are experiencing a shortage of nurse faculty, fueling the need for strategies like The DAISY Award program to retain and recruit nurses to academia, according to Deborah J. Jones, PhD, MSN, RN, senior vice president, dean and professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing in Galveston. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing issued a national Call for Nurse Faculty Recognition at its fall 2018 meeting in October to encourage schools and practice sites to honor nurse educators who are making real differences in their schools and the community, said Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN, AACN president and chief executive officer.
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“We encourage those seeking to honor their nurse educators to work directly with the foundation to learn more about nominations for The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Faculty,” Trautman said.   Nurse faculty play critical roles in educating, mentoring and inspiring the next generation of nurse leaders, according to Trautman.

“The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty was created to honor nursing educators who instill in their students a commitment to providing high quality, compassionate care,” Trautman said. “These faculty members help ensure that both the art and science of nursing are brought to every patient experience.”
Burnout among nurses in clinical practice also is a problem for nurses in academia. “Nurse faculty today are under increasing pressure to balance their roles as educators, clinicians and researchers, as well as be nimble to meet the opportunities presented by an evolving healthcare system, diverse patient and student populations, advances in educational technology, shifts in learner expectations and the need to impact policy locally and beyond,” Trautman said. “Recruiting and retaining individuals who can thrive in the role is a challenge given the many hats they must wear and the expertise needed to succeed as a faculty leader.”
Jones said she is expanding UTMB’s DAISY faculty recognition program even though nurse faculty don't tend to expect recognition. “But it’s absolutely important to recognize faculty for the hard work and for the time they provide,” Jones said. “They’re the influencers of tomorrow, so it’s really important to recognize them in a meaningful way. Providing recognition to faculty, particularly through The DAISY Award, is a way to give them a little bit of charge to continue doing what they love to do.”
Deborah Trautman, RN
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Meaningful recognition’s potential impact
Researchers affiliated with The DAISY Foundation have done studies confirming faculty recognition matters, according to Trautman.
“Faculty who are recognized are more satisfied with their work, more productive on the job and more likely to be retained in a teaching role,” she said. When embedded into a work culture, meaningful recognition contributes to a healthy work environment and may contribute to an engaged workforce and higher measures of patient satisfaction, according to an article on DAISYFoundation.org. Simply, recognition programs help faculty to feel appreciated, according to Jones. “I don’t think that engagement and satisfaction necessarily are synonymous, but I think faculty who are meaningfully recognized and appreciated are more engaged and willing to do a little more in terms of their contributions to the school, their contributions to the community, their ability to serve on different committees and even in recognizing others,” she said. Jones said she sees The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty primarily as a retention tool but thinks it may help with recruitment. By spotlighting DAISY faculty honorees on the school’s website, for example, nurses thinking about a career change into academia might be inspired.
The DAISY Foundation Executive Director Cynthia D. Sweeney, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, said faculty to teach the next generation of nurses is vital for nursing to continue to be a robust profession. “If we don’t attend to the issues that are affecting faculty engagement, then we won’t have the faculty and therefore we won’t have the next generation of nurses,” Sweeney said. “We need to be proactive in communicating the value that our nursing faculty bring to the profession. Meaningful recognition, we know, is one of those ways.”
Cynthia D. Sweeney, RN
Get your nominations in
The recognition program's goal is to bring greater awareness of the need to recognize great faculty members, according to Sweeney. Schools of nursing, healthcare facilities and even alumni should consider sponsoring the DAISY Award for faculty, which cost $135 each. Anyone who comes into contact with faculty members, including peers, students, administrative staff, alumni and others can nominate faculty they feel are exemplary educators and role models. Nominations are blinded to eliminate bias, and often schools or facilities appoint committees that decide on DAISY award recipients based on the nominations. Faculty honorees receive a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Faculty certificate signed by The DAISY Foundation and leaders at the sponsoring institution; a DAISY Faculty Award pin; a hand-carved serpentine stone sculpture; and an announcement on The DAISY Foundation's website, which gives recipients international recognition. Individual schools and hospitals also recognize award recipients. UTMB School of Nursing recognizes DAISY faculty recipients at faculty assembly meetings, graduation ceremonies and highlights them in a weekly newsletter that reaches the UTMB community. “The DAISY Award in the clinical setting is globally recognized as a very prestigious honor," Sweeney said. "Nursing faculty deserve nothing less and should be considered for this significant recognition.”
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DAISY meaningful recognition guide
DAISY Award says 'thank you'
Thousands of nurses honored, with more to come.
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Propel your nursing practice
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