Kim Brewer earns NOC Nursing DAISY Award®
Northern Oklahoma College nursing faculty member Kim Brewer was 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 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. Kim Brewer is an exceptional example of what nursing faculty should be.” According to Brewer’s nomination letters, “she has worked extremely hard to make our learning experience exceed expectations, listened to our voices, and advocated for our best interest as future nurses. She is the master of therapeutic communication and has shown a respect for each of us. She is knowledgeable, dependable, and consistent. Brewer takes every new challenge thrown at her with perseverance and spirit. She has shown me how a great attitude can affect the people around you positively. All of these qualities make a great nurse AND an amazing instructor.”
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 Brewer the opportunity to combine her love of teaching with her love of nursing.
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 was selected by the The DAISY Award® Selection Committee.
Finalists included Brewer, Robin Baird, Marie Head, and Tricia Michaelis.
More information is available at http://DAISYfoundation.org.
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 www.noc.edu.