USA College of Nursing DAISY Award 2023

Posted on December 5, 2023 by College of Nursing
College of Nursing

Lisabeth Emley, Dr. Colleen Lynch, Dr. Rebecca Thomas and Brady Urquhart. data-lightbox='featured'

Dr. Colleen Lynch, assistant professor of adult health nursing, has been selected as the 2023 recipient of the USA College of Nursing DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty was created to celebrate the inspirational influence faculty members have on the nurses of today and tomorrow.

Four faculty members from the College of Nursing were nominated for the award and recognized for their impact as early role models for student nurses. Nominees include Lisabeth Emley, Dr. Colleen Lynch, Dr. Rebecca Thomas and Brady Urquhart.

“It is such an honor to be recognized by those I work with. The things I do every day are things I have learned from the team that surrounds me. They have had a strong influence on who I am as a faculty member and as a person. It feels good to know that the ones I look up to think I am doing my job well!” Dr. Lynch shared.

The DAISY Foundation was created by the family of J. Patrick Barnes with the intention of being able to give back to the nurses who give so much of themselves to patients and families every day. Now, more than 4,500 academic and healthcare organizations are recognizing nurses around the world through The DAISY Award.

“My favorite part of leading and teaching future nurses is seeing them grow and achieve their dreams. Nursing school is hard! You hope that you give them not just the knowledge but the perseverance and mindset needed to be successful,” Dr. Lynch shared. “To see our students accomplish their dreams or work beside them in the hospital years later and have them remember the role you played in their journey is so special. Seeing their success in the nursing profession is a real proud moment.”

Dr. Lynch earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of South Alabama. She earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She also earned bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemistry from Francis Marion University. 

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