Clinical Assistant Professor Wins DAISY Award

12/21 - Dr. Valerie Tarte, a clinical assistant professor in the School of Nursing, has won the School’s DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty.

SON-DAISY-Award-Tarte2-1080x1080.jpgThe DAISY Award is an international recognition program that celebrates colleges/schools of nursing faculty for their commitment and inspirational influence on their nursing students. 

A student nominator said about Tarte, “This faculty member is the most caring and relatable, not just within UNCW nursing school, but out of the university as a whole. She has told us since the first day that she wants us to be successful and she wants us to be comfortable around her. Not only did she say that, but she shows it. She strives to build relationships with every single one of us. A professional relationship is much more than looking over my shoulder and judging me. A professional relationship is someone who can look at you as a student, as a person, and as you are.”

Tarte teaches in the RN-BSN program and the MSN program. She is a registered nurse with a background in emergency nursing, leadership and informatics. She has experience as a triage nurse, charge nurse, precepting, clinical educator, systems analyst, quality assurance and manager. Tarte is an 18-year veteran of the nursing informatics profession and a 10-year leadership veteran. She has experience as a course and clinical instructor in acute care, medical surgical and emergency services in corporate, the hospital setting and in skilled nursing facilities. Tarte has taught in many colleges throughout the state.

The 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.

“What an honor,” Tarte said. “As the recipient, I am reminded of how the Patrick Barnes family must have felt when they were getting what they felt like was ‘super-human care from the nurses’ who took care of their son every day during his hospitalization. This was their personal way of saying thank you to those who gave their all in caring for their son. Receiving this award makes me feel that my students are saying thank you to me for giving my best to them! I have a passion for teaching and when I get in front of my students, they are family. I give them my everything because they deserve my best.”

“Dr. Tarte is well deserving of this award,” School of Nursing Director Linda Haddad said. “Her motivation and compassion empower not only the students she teaches but also other nurses who see the example of a true leader. In addition, through collaboration, she builds relationships and advances excellence in teaching by remaining true to the SON’s values of integrity, excellence, care, and service. We are proud to congratulate Dr. Tarte on this amazing accomplishment!”