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. 15, 2023

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


DeNiece Bennett, DNP, RN, assistant professor and director of UMSON’s NCLEX Success Program, has been named UMSON’s 2023 recipient of the DAISY faculty award. Her dedication to student success and her enthusiasm for teaching were underscored in the nomination submitted by one of her students: “Time and time again, she demonstrates her flexibility in ensuring student success, whether it involves meeting virtually on weekends, assisting with extracurricular activities outside her advisory role, or advocating for exploration in every realm of nursing. In my first semester, Dr. Bennett proactively reached out to involve me in the School of Nursing, and since then, she has continuously motivated me to achieve my goals at UMSON by supporting me in creating my student organization, getting me involved in research symposiums, and the list goes on. She serves as a role model and a genuine academic leader within UMSON. Her dedication is evident through her constant availability, willingness to answer any question, hosting outside of class study sessions, and her forward-thinking approach. Dr. Bennett is actively engaged in addressing the needs of minority students within the program and the nursing profession by collecting primary data to foster a more inclusive School of Nursing. Her teaching style inside the classroom is dynamic, catering to a diverse range of learners that extends beyond the conventional visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and reading/writing methods. She consistently devises innovative approaches to engage her audience effectively. Her multifaceted teaching methods consistently excel at stimulating critical thinking and clinical decision-making by seamlessly integrating real-world case scenarios. Dr. Bennett embodies the quintessential qualities of an exceptional nursing professor, and she will always be the driving force behind my and many others’ achievements at UMSON. Every aspect of her teaching and her tireless commitment to the success of her students, including her respect, commitment to education, enthusiasm for teaching, outstanding service, and more, exemplifies the qualities that make her undoubtably deserving of the DAISY award.”


Veronica “Ronnie” Quattrini, DNP, FNP-BC, assistant professor and senior director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, has been named UMSON’s 2022 recipient of the DAISY faculty award, having received multiple nominations for the award. Her leadership and enthusiasm for nursing education and nursing practice make her an exceptional role model for students. She is described as “upbeat” and active, and one of the nominators likened her to the Energizer Bunny. “She is honest, dependable, incredibly hardworking, compassionate, and student-focused. Beyond that she is an impressive medical provider who is always engaging in the most up-to-date evidence based medicine. Her knowledge and expertise as a nurse practitioner was a huge advantage to my academic education and clinical experiences,” one nominating student in the DNP Family Nurse Practitioner specialty wrote. “She always manages to foster positive discussions and bring out the best in each student she teaches.” Another nominator who has worked with Dr. Quattrini in multiple student and colleague capacities wrote, “She has been able to demonstrate her commitment to propelling nursing education, ultimately improving student performance in the classroom and improving their performance in the clinical setting. Her passion for patient care and clinical expertise also drives her passion to improve nursing education.” Another student whom Dr. Quattrini has precepted added, “She allows her students to dictate the level of participation needed from her based on their skill and experience level. She is so knowledgeable about a variety of topics and always ensures the student understands each clinical situation. Her main priority is the patient and this is evident by the way she carries herself; she always provides compassionate care and is always aiming to improve patient outcomes through her work.”


Regina Phillips, PhD, RN, CNE, assistant professor, has been named UMSON’s 2021 recipient of the DAISY faculty award. Her passion for nursing education was noted in the nomination submitted by one of her students in pathopharmacology: "Dr. Phillips has made an extraordinary impression on my first semester of the Clincical Nurse Leader program. She is extremely knowledgeable in pathopharmacology and demonstrates excellence every day. She serves as a role model by sharing her personal experience as a clinical nurse, her accessibility to students for best learning, and informative and entertaining lectures. The material in her class is far from easy, and yet she makes it interesting to always want to study first. Each week, she records videos for what to expect for the week, and I eagerly look forward to watching them each week. Dr. Phillips certainly deserves the DAISY award. She demonstrates excellence in and out of the classroom. It is evident she cares about each of her students on an individual basis, and it shows. It makes a large university feel like an intimate family. She demonstrates enthusiasm at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Thursday for a total of five hours a week. If there is any opportunity for her to teach another course for the CNL curriculum, please consider her. She is enthusiastic, intelligent, kind, flexible, and cares very much for individual success of her students."


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.