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Four NOC Nursing faculty finalists for DAISY Award®

Robin BairdKim BrewerMarie HeadTricia Michaelis

Four NOC Nursing faculty finalists for DAISY Award®

A member of the Northern Oklahoma College Nursing faculty will be honored with The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty at the NOC 2022 Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony Saturday, April 30, at Briggs Auditorium at NOC Enid.

The Nurses Pinning begins at 7 p.m.

Finalists include Robin Baird, Kim Brewer, Marie Head, and Tricia Michaelis.

The award is part of The DAISY Foundation’s mission to express gratitude to nurses with programs that recognize them for the extraordinary, compassionate and skillful care they provide patients and families.

DAISY Award recognitions honor the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day wherever they practice, in whatever role they serve, and throughout their careers – from Nursing Student through Lifetime Achievement in Nursing.

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty was established by The DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 from Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), an auto-immune disease. The Barnes Family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick. They created this international award to demonstrate appreciation to faculty for their commitment and inspirational influence on their nursing students and to say thank you to nursing faculty everywhere.

NOC Nursing Division Chair Dr. Nikole Hicks said, “NOC’s nursing faculty work tirelessly to ensure future nurses have a strong foundation to provide nursing care for our communities. It is an honor to partner with the DAISY Foundation to recognize our exceptional nursing faculty – past, present, and future.”

Finalists for the award include Robin Baird, Kim Brewer, Marie Head, and Tricia Michaelis.

The following are the bios for the four finalists:

Robin Baird has enjoyed being a nurse for over 33 years now.  She received a BSN from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1988 at which time she entered the United States Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant staff nurse.  Her career has included a variety of different nursing positions such as working with special needs children at the Bethany Children’s Hospital, maternity nursing as well as Clinical Education at Hillcrest Hospital Cushing, and clinic nursing.  Robin has been a clinical instructor for NOC for the past 2 years and has a passion to help the next generation be excellent nurses.

Kim Brewer earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 1996 and a Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Oklahoma in 2019. She graduated summa cum laude from both programs and, while at OU, received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence from the Fran & Earl Ziegler College of Nursing. Mrs. Brewer has been a faculty member in the Nursing Division at NOC for four years, but her love of teaching began more than a decade ago in the Science department at NOC in 2007. Teaching at NOC gives Kim the opportunity to combine her love of teaching with her love of nursing.

Marie Head completed her initial nursing degree at NOC in 2007 and continued her education earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Kaplan University in 2014, a Master of Science in Nursing from Purdue University in 2017 and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Oklahoma City University in 2020. Dr. Head discovered her love of teaching as she worked with students in clinical practice. She joined the NOC nursing faculty in 2016 teaching primarily in the skills and simulation practice lab settings and has been a Team Leader since 2021.

Tricia Michaelis attended NWOSU where she obtained her BSN.  After graduating she moved to the Enid Area where she began 20 years of her nursing career. During these years she worked at the Billings Fairchild Center, Grant County Health Department, and was a member of the Northern Oklahoma College nursing faculty from 2001-2013.  During her summers off from teaching Ms. Michaelis also worked at OU Children’s Hospital, and Integris Bass Baptist where she cared for neonates and pediatric patients. She obtained her Master’s Degree from OU Health Sciences Center in 2006.  Currently residing in the Tulsa area, Michaelis has served as the academic liaison and clinical educator for OSU Medical Center and as a registered nurse with Ascension St. John Medical Center.

Blind nominations for the award were submitted with a designated committee reviewing and ranking the nominees based on their commitment to student learning and success, utilizing personal interaction, providing rigorous instruction and innovative technologies, striving to provide high quality, accessible nursing education, and modeling the values of excellence, integrity, resourcefulness, impactful relationships, and compassionate service.

The winner will be selected by the The DAISY Award® Selection Committee.

The DAISY Foundation expanded its’ flagship brand The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses to Academic Institutions in order to recognize the faculty who inspire compassionate care in their students and the students who demonstrate it during their education.

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Northern Oklahoma College, the state’s first public two-year community college, is a multi-campus, land-grant institution that provides high quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities and services.

NOC serves nearly 4,000 students through the home campus in Tonkawa, branch in Enid, and NOC/OSU Gateway Program in Stillwater.  Of these students about 80% receive financial aid and/or scholarships. 75% of NOC students complete their degree with zero debt.

The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers associate degrees in three general areas: Arts, Science and Applied Science; the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs; and the Accreditation Commission for Education and Nursing.

For more information about Northern Oklahoma College please call (580) 628-6208 or visit the NOC website at