TAMIU Names Heard as 2021 Daisy Award Recipient

A faculty member from Texas A&M International University College of Nursing and Health Sciences who tirelessly sought out opportunities to expand real-world learning experiences for nursing students at TAMIU has been named the recipient of the Daisy Award 2021.

The award, which recognizes outstanding nurses, was presented to Lisa Heard, TAMIU Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing at the recent College of Nursing and Health Sciences pinning ceremony. It includes a DAISY pin, certificate and Healer Touch sculpture. The carving stone, made by a Shona healer from Zimbabwe, depicts the relationship between nurses and their patients, as well as that between DAISY teachers and their students.


The college’s TAMIU Dean, Dr. Marivic Torregosa, said Heard’s selection underscores her exemplary character and inspiration to students, as well as her ability to move the classroom beyond the four-wall convention.

“Ms. Heard has championed providing students with opportunities that provide hands-on experiences and simulations that incorporate a broad awareness of the role of nurses in our community and beyond,” she said. said “Among these has been the development in conjunction with other agencies of mass training exercises on campus. These opportunities distinguish our program and our nursing preparation, and affirm the broad spectrum of nursing, including crucial roles in emergency preparedness and response as health care providers.

“Beyond these opportunities, Ms. Heard is herself an exemplary nurse and a role model who inspires her students on a daily basis. She is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and recently completed a Post-Masters Nurse Practitioner Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health and National Certification for the Advanced Specialty of the Nursing Role. Her search for growth opportunities to increase her expertise in nursing inspires students to continually improve…something that will enhance their careers and their health services to communities in need.

Established in 1999, the DAISY Faculty Award was created in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died of complications from an autoimmune disease. Inspired by the compassion and clinical skills of the nurses who cared for Barnes, her family created the award to recognize outstanding nurses.

The DAISY Foundation strives to provide colleges and schools of nursing with a national recognition program that demonstrates faculty appreciation and commitment to nursing students. Recipients possess the qualities described by the Foundation, including interest in and respect for learners; demonstrate an enthusiasm for teaching, nursing and learning; use personal attributes to encourage professional growth; have excellent interpersonal skills; remain fair and impartial and develop collaborative working relationships.

Recognized programs at Dr. FM Canseco School of Nursing include a traditional BSN program, an online RN to BSN, an online Masters in Nursing Administration, an RN to MSN in Nursing Administration, and an online Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters Certificate Program.

TAMIU’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences is also the proud home of the university’s undergraduate programs in communication disorders, kinesiology, and public health.

For more information about these programs, contact Felipe Rodriguez, College of Nursing and Health Sciences Academic Success Coach, at [email protected], visit tamiu.edu/conhs, or call 956-326 -3269.

Registration for TAMIU’s summer and fall semesters is ongoing. TAMIU’s Fall 2022 plan remains focused on a vibrant on-campus experience for all students, faculty, and staff.

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