DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty

DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty

An acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem, The DAISY Foundation was formed in November 1999, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. The nursing care Patrick received when hospitalized profoundly touched his family.

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty honors those who inspire their students to remember that nursing is much more than tasks and technology. These faculty help ensure that the art as well as the science of nursing are brought to every patient experience.

Learn more about the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty.

Nominate an exceptional nursing faculty member for a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty.

Purpose:  The DAISY Faculty Award was created to recognize and celebrate the contributions that faculty members make to the future of nursing. Faculty members serve as role models for compassionate and exemplary practice for our students. These faculty members demonstrate an inspirational influence on students that is translated to patients.

Process:  Nominations for the DAISY Faculty Award are accepted from students, fellow faculty members and community leaders. Please use the electronic nomination form below.

Deadline: Nov. 23

Presentation: The award is presented at the December graduation ceremonies.

Criteria for Nomination: Faculty members who are nominated for the DAISY faculty award are individuals who embody the University's core values and serve as a role model and mentor for students, faculty and staff. They have created an inspiring and motivating environment for their students, the students’ future patients and the nursing profession.

  • Embraces the University's core values of accountability, civility, collaboration, diversity, excellence, knowledge, and leadership
  • Serves as a role model and is committed to the education of the new generations of University of Maryland nurses; making a difference through their work.
  • Shows commitment to excellence in nursing education, extending beyond the classroom to improve patient outcomes
  • Demonstrates caring, confidence, patience, integrity, flexibility and respect towards students/faculty/staff/patients.
  • Provides an environment that stimulates student engagement, collaboration, critical thinking and clinical decision making
  • Demonstrates excellence through their clinical expertise and commitment to extraordinary compassionate care
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm for teaching, scholarship, and service
  • Works alongside of others and shares the commitment and values of the University of Maryland School of Nursing

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Past Winners


Amanda RoeschAmanda Roesch, DNP, MPH, FNP-C, assistant professor, has been named UMSON’s 2020 recipient of the DAISY faculty award, marking only the second time that UMSON has bestowed the award. Roesch is passionate about educating the next generation of UMSON advanced practice nurses to provide compassionate care to diverse populations. She weaves her experiences caring for underserved populations both locally and internationally into her teaching strategies. She challenges students to broaden their perspectives with her curricular design. As an ally for the LGBTQ+ community, she is committed to ensuring her students have the knowledge and skills to provide affirming, inclusive care to this population, and she includes this in the courses she teaches.

Roesch has also collaborated with a community/public health nursing initiative to provide physical exams to children enrolled in Head Start programs. This affords her the opportunity not only to teach Family Nurse Practitioner students to care for the pediatric population, but also to provide culturally sensitive care to a diverse population.

Her passion and enthusiasm for teaching are evident in both didactic and clinical settings. Students describe her as knowledgeable, dedicated, hardworking, and passionate and her teaching style as creative, unique, interactive, and fun. As one student stated, “Dr. Roesch is a true asset to the entire school.”

As a colleague, Roesch elevates the bar as a team player. She is always willing to assist at any level to improve curriculum and has developed many case studies, OSCE encounters, redesign of rubrics, exams, and, perhaps her most significant contribution, the episodic tool designed for Advanced Health Assessment. Roesch is a true example of UMSON’s core values.


Debra Wiegand HeadshotAt the Baltimore Graduation ceremony on Dec. 17, 2018, UMSON presented its first DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty posthumously to Debra L. Wiegand, PhD, RN, CCRN, CHPN, FAHA, FPCN, FAAN, former associate professor in the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, who died in November.

With a clinical background in cardiac critical care nursing, Wiegand taught palliative care, end-of-life, and bioethics courses. Her research focused on improving care provided to families of patients with acute and chronic life-limiting illnesses, studying family-focused interventions to facilitate the physical and psychosocial adaptation of families both during the dying process and after their loved one’s death. Having led or participated in nearly 20 projects, Wiegand generated research that also illuminated ICU nurses’ experiences of providing care to individuals near death and their families and the toll such care takes on nurses. In addition to her positions in academia and clinical practice, she contributed to the field through her leadership in national and international organizations related to family nursing, hospice and palliative care, critical care, and heart disease.