Shalyn Larsen Receives the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Student

The College of Nursing at Brigham Young University is partnered with the DAISY Foundation to recognize nursing students and professors who exemplify compassion. The DAISY Foundation was started by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he passed away from complications associated with an autoimmune disease at the age of thirty-three. As a way to give thanks to the compassionate nurses who helped care for Patrick, they established the DAISY Foundation (an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System) to recognize compassionate nurses all around the globe.

Our recipient of the DAISY Award for Outstanding Student Nursing Student this semester is Shalyn Larsen, a graduate student at the BYU College of Nursing. She is the first graduate student to ever be nominated for this award. She was nominated by Dr. Beth Luthy, associate dean of graduate studies and evidence-based research. About Shalyn, Dr. Luthy says, “Shalyn is truly one of the most incredible graduate students with whom I have interacted. She has an innate drive to care for patients compassionately.”

Shalyn with Dean Lassetter

Shalyn demonstrates this compassion and love for those she cares for through patient advocacy. “[Shalyn] is a powerful advocate for suffering patients and tries to find ways to support her patients, especially those from particularly vulnerable populations,” Dr. Luthy explains. “Shalyn has a name for this type of patient advocacy–she calls it her “nursing power move.” She recognizes the power of nurses (and nurse practitioners) who put themselves in their patient’s shoes and try to adjust treatment plans accordingly.”

Part of Shalyn’s deep compassion comes from her recognition of the sacredness of the nursing profession. “Nursing is a sacred experience,” she says. “It is an opportunity to see the depths of the human body, mind, and spirit. It provides opportunities to celebrate the greatest joys and successes and sit and cry with those in the pits of despair, fear, and heartache. It brings you to a new understanding of humanity and helps you see how all people are the same yet so beautifully different. Nursing allows you a glimpse into the most vulnerable moments of peoples’ lives and the chance to be touched by unconquerable strength. It is a calling from God, an opportunity to be God’s hands-on earth and help others feel His love through me. Nursing is not a job; it is a sacred calling.”

Shalyn with her classmates

For Shalyn, her DAISY award is rooted in the compassion and love of Jesus Christ. “To me, this award is a reminder that God takes the weak and simple things of the world and magnifies their efforts. It is proof that the atonement of Christ allows us to bring our best efforts to the table and Christ makes up the difference by giving us unique talents, strength, vision, and passion. It is evident that even the least of us can be God’s hands-on Earth when we allow ourselves to be guided and shaped by his influence.”

The College of Nursing is thrilled to present Shalyn Larsen with the DAISY in Training Award!

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