Compassion and Caring: Lauren Callister Receives DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students

By Eliza Joy

The College of Nursing at Brigham Young University continues to partner with the DAISY Foundation to recognize nursing professors and students who show extraordinary compassion. After the death of Patrick Barnes at the age of 33 from complications of an autoimmune disease, the Barnes family decided to do something positive to honor him. They established DAISY—an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system—to thank the nurses who cared for him and to recognize exceptional nurses around the world.

Photo of Lauren

This semester’s DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students was presented to Lauren Callister, a fourth-semester nursing student. Lauren was nominated by fellow student Cade Christiansen. About Lauren, Cade said, “Lauren takes her studies more seriously than anyone I know. She loves what she does, and she does it well.”

Besides being willing to put in the time studying, Lauren is a great friend and teacher. “She has taken the time to answer my crazy medical questions,” Cade commented, “and makes sure I understand what she is talking about. She cares deeply about everyone regardless of skin color, gender, nationality, or sexual orientation.”

Photo of Lauren with her award

Lauren practices the Healer’s art through her compassion and dedication. ”Lauren is the personification of what a nurse should be. She has defined what it means to be kind, charismatic, caring, and loving. She is one of the kindest people I know, and I know she will represent the College of Nursing well as this semester’s DAISY recipient.”

After obtaining the award, Lauren said, “I was blown away to hear that I was even nominated for this award, and to actually have it means the world to me. I’m so grateful for the BYU nursing program and how it’s helped me become the person I am today!”

The College of Nursing is pleased to present Lauren Callister with the recognition.

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