DAISY Faculty Award: Deborah Himes

The College of Nursing at Brigham Young University partnered with the DAISY Foundation to recognize nursing students and professors who exemplify compassion. The family of J. Patrick Barnes started the DAISY Foundation 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.

The 2022 winter semester DAISY Award for Extraordinary Faculty is Dr. Deborah Himes. She was nominated by several of her students, both past and present.

Dr. Deborah Himes (left) and Dean Jane Lassetter (right)

Sarah Welty (BS ’21) wrote, “One of the beautiful things about the College of Nursing is students’ opportunity to work with professors on various research projects. Dr. Himes has been an extraordinary mentor in our research together. Our project revolves around communicating hereditary cancer risks to families, and she is a strong advocate for this cause. She has done amazing work in educating others, supporting her own family in this hardship, and finding novel ways to improve communication to those whose lives are at risk.”

Deb truly cares for her students. She set up her class to maximize learning and minimize stress. She also listens and applies feedback.

A third-semester student, Emma Santiago, shared, “Deborah is a good teacher through her example, personal stories, and teaching methods. She is aware of others’ needs and goes out of her way to talk to students and their sensitivities.”

Current second-semester student Sara Frandsen said, “Deborah is a fantastic faculty member! She has also shown impressive clinical capabilities in what she teaches us about how to succeed in clinical.”

Dr. Deborah Himes with her family

Dr. Himes is delighted to be nominated by her students. “I became a faculty member in the College of Nursing because I love students, and I love teaching!” Dr. Himes says. “Being nominated for the DAISY Faculty Award by my present and former students means the world to me. It means that I must be doing something right in one of the most important areas of my life. I loved my time as a student at BYU, and I’m so grateful to be able to give something back by teaching the next generation of amazing nurses.”

The College of Nursing is thrilled to present Dr. Deborah Himes with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Faculty!

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