Each term a West Coast University student is awarded the DAISY in Training Award. The award honors nursing students who have shown exceptional skill and compassion in their work. This term WCU-Miami student Kiara Lopez was selected for the honor.
“Kiara is an exceptional student and has the qualities that exemplify professionalism as a future nurse. She possesses excellent leadership skills and is always willing to step in and resolve any conflict or issues among her peers,” WCU faculty stated in Lopez’s nomination. “Kiara is a kind and caring person who is culturally competent and always wants the best for her patients.”
Lopez learned about the compassion nurses have when she was young, watching them care for her grandmother as she battled pancreatic cancer. It was the moment she knew she wanted to provide care for others, just as they did for her grandmother.
“I had the chance to be around nurses and understand how they work and what they do,” Lopez said. “They not only treated my grandmother but they also treated me and my family to help us get through the process.”
The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of the auto-immune disease ITP in 1999. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family. After his death, Patrick’s family felt compelled to say “thank you” to nurses in a very public way, the DAISY award was their solution.
Lopez was recognized at a ceremony at her campus and received a certificate, a DAISY in Training Award pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture titled A Healer’s Touch. She will graduate in October 2018 and is eager to share her care and compassion with the world.
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