By Corbin Smith
In addition to the faculty and student DAISY awards, the BYU College of Nursing was also proud to present the Circle of Influence Award to a deserving faculty member who exemplify the Healer’s Art in ways that go beyond the hospital setting. The College would not be what it is today without fantastic non-nursing faculty members that work hard every day for the College of Nursing.
We know that teamwork is crucial to facilitating effective communication and promoting positive patient outcomes as nurses work closely alongside physicians and specialists to provide well-organized comprehensive care. That same support at the college-level for faculty and students is no different. Therefore, we are pleased to introduce the DAISY Circle of Influence recognition with our recipient Karl Parkinson.
As the college IT manager, Karl Parkinson is a great support to faculty, staff, and students. His nomination says, “Although a newer member of the BYU College of Nursing team, Karl has forged widespread and positive relationships with each college community member. He is always friendly, and when I have needed assistance with one technical problem or another, he gives me the impression that he is so helpful and never acts rushed (even though we all know how busy he is). I am a full-time faculty member with a vision impairment and, as such, face unique challenges, especially when it comes to technology and using a computer. Without even being asked or prompted, Karl began exploring options that would make my work easier. He truly went the second mile to research assistive devices, which he then purchased and, to my surprise, installed in my office, including a large print keyboard and unique magnification set up for word processing. All of this while his workspace was under construction and he was managing all of the remote learning and video conferencing changes related to the global pandemic.”