Nursing Lecturer Wins Inaugural DAISY Award

5/21 - Dr. Paula Baisden, a lecturer in the School of Nursing, has won the School’s inaugural DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty.

The DAISY Award is an international recognition program that celebrates colleges/schools of nursing faculty for their commitment and inspirational influence on their nursing students.

Paula Baisden, DAISY awardThe DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of an autoimmune disease. The Barnes family was awestruck by the clinical skills and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created this award to thank nurses everywhere. Anyone can nominate a full-time UNCW School of Nursing faculty member who is a registered nurse.

A student nominator said about Baisden, “Dr. Paula Baisden was one of the most influential professors during my undergraduate education at UNC Wilmington. She encourages students to work hard, ask questions and learn with curiosity. Dr. Baisden went above and beyond to incorporate real-life examples, acting out skits and truly bringing her passion to the classroom. I can tell she truly deeply values the life of every patient and person she encounters!”

Baisden is an ANCC board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse with extensive experience in emergency, trauma and psychiatric health care settings. In addition to teaching, she continues to work as an RN on weekends. Baisden recently completed her Doctor of Education degree from Aspen University and is currently a DNP candidate at Rush University. She earned her MSN from Aspen University and BSN from Valparaiso University.