NOC Nursing Division Chair Dr. Nikole Hicks presented The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nursing to Marriya Wright at Friday’s Nurses’ Pinning ceremony in Enid. (photo by Shiloh Martin/Northern Oklahoma College)
Marriya Wright earns NOC Nursing DAISY Award®
Former Northern Oklahoma College nursing faculty member Marriya Wright was honored with The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty at the NOC 2023 Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony Saturday, May 6, 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, “Marriya Wright is an exceptional representative of NOC nursing. She began her registered nursing career as a graduate of the NOC nursing program and served as faculty for seven years. According to Wright’s nomination letters, she has always displayed a high degree of integrity, responsibility, and work ethic. She is willing to go above and beyond to help students learn. She makes them step out of their comfort zones and motivates them to be not only better students but better future nurses. We are pleased to honor Ms. Wright with this award.”
Wright is the Dean of Allied Health and Nursing at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Washington. She received her MSN and BSN in Nursing from Oklahoma City University, her AAS in Nursing at Northern Oklahoma College, and her LPN at Meridian Technology Center. In the span of her 20 plus years as a nurse, she worked in med-surg, emergency, labor and delivery, as well as in multiple leadership roles. Before moving to Washington, she was Nursing Faculty here at NOC for six years at both the Tonkawa and Stillwater campuses. She served as the second-year team lead for the last four years at NOC. Wright has a passion for community college and the sense of belonging it gives to students. Students voted her the NISOD Excellence in Teaching award in both 2016 and 2019.
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.
Semi-finalists include Brian Baird, Jennifer Lancaster, and Marie Head.
The winner in 2022 was NOC faculty member Kim Brewer.
More information is available at http://DAISYfoundation.org.