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Nursing instructor Harding earns first DAISY Award at Lamar

Lamar University’s JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing honored faculty member Rose Harding of Beaumont with the first DAISY Award at the department’s first awards ceremony.

An instructor of nursing and 13-year faculty member, Harding accepted the award at a March 21 program co-sponsored by Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas.

"I am humbled to receive such a prestigious honor," said Harding, who earned two degrees from Lamar – a bachelor of science in nursing in 1996 and a master of science in nursing with a focus in administration in 2000. The award recipient is active in the department, the university and the community.

The name of the award is an acronym for "Diseases Attacking the Immune System." The DAISY Foundation was formed in 1999 to honor the life of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of an immune disorder. "The Barnes family established the award to say thank-you to the nursing professionals who are sometimes the unsung heroes of health care," said Eileen Deges Curl, chair of the JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing. "We recognized the extremely important contributions nurse faculty make to health care through their dedication and inspiration."

Students and faculty in the department nominated faculty members for the DAISY Award. Other nominees are Nancy Blume, Caroline Heinz and Valerie Talenda, Beaumont; LeAnn Chisholm, Orange; and Gina Hale, LaBelle.

"All of the faculty members nominated for the DAISY Award are very good nurse educators," Curl said. "Rose Harding is a stellar faculty member who uses her knowledge and skill to guide students in the learning process."

Students and faculty say Ms. Harding exudes a caring and nurturing personality and makes a difference in the lives of her students in the Dishman Department of Nursing. "Her compassion for students is evident in Ms. Harding’s concern for students’ overall well-being and achievement of their career goals," Curl said. "Through Mrs. Harding’s compassionate actions, students become professional nurses and take pleasure in learning."