Barthle Receives DAISY Faculty Award for Excellence in Nursing Education

Pamela Barthle receives DAISY Faulty award for nursing

Awardee of the 2018 DAISY Faculty award, Pamela Barthle (left) and Dr. Margot Nelson '67, professor and chair of Nursing.

Pamela Barthle, professor of nursing, is the 2018 recipient of the Augustana DAISY Faculty Award, an honor recognizing nursing faculty who provide exceptional instruction and inspiration for nursing students. 

Presented on Friday, Dec. 14, the annual DAISY award presented by the nursing department considered the following criteria: 

  • Excitement and enthusiasm for teaching, learning and nursing that inspires and motivates others to reach their full potential. 
  • A dedication and love for the art and science of professional nursing education. 
  • A commitment to excellence in nursing education, which extends beyond the classroom to improve patient outcomes. 
  • The embodiment of qualities and characteristics of a professional nurse.

In nominating Barthle for the award, nursing students and colleagues detailed the impact she has made in the lives of students, patients and families. 

“Pam Barthle has been an amazing professor, role model and friend throughout my time at Augustana. Her willingness to help students is shown greatly along with her enthusiasm to teach and help others," one nominator wrote. Another said, "She always goes above and beyond of what she is required to do. She is extremely fair to all students. She pushes us to be our best and truly wants to see us all succeed in all that we do. She is the kind of nurse that I aspire to be.” 

Another student nominator called Barthle "approachable" and inspiring.

“Pam works alongside us figuring out the twists and turns of the program and acts more like a colleague than a professor, which made her so approachable during that stressful year. She has this aura about her that is comforting, and that is, I think, exactly what a nurse should be. I aspire to be like Pam when I graduate so that my patients can feel comfortable with me just as I have with Pam. I'm blessed to have had her as a teacher!"

— Student Nominator
About Professor of Nursing Pamela Barthle

An experienced nurse educator, Barthle earned her master's degree in nursing from from St. Louis University School of Nursing and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Nursing at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. She is a board-certified Adult and Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and continues to practice at Sanford Medical Center in Cardiology. Barthle brings with her a diverse nursing background with experience in psychiatric nursing, emergency nursing, pediatric/neonatal nursing and transport nursing. She teaches Junior-level courses in "Health Assessment and Nutrition" and "Child Health Nursing."

About the DAISY Award

In late 1999, at the age of 33, Patrick Barnes awoke with some blood blisters in his mouth. Having survived Hodgkins Disease twice, he was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with the auto-immune disease ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura). Barnes and his wife, Tena, had just had their first child two months before he became sick. 

His father, Mark Barnes, said the experience allowed his family to see the best of nursing.

"We are so blessed that we were able to spend the eight weeks of his hospitalization with him and his family. During those weeks, we experienced the best of nursing. We were there to see the clinical skill that dealt with his very complex medical situation, the fast thinking of nurses who saved his life more than once, and that nursing excellence that took years to hone to the best of the profession. But frankly, as a patient family, we rather expected that Pat would have great clinical care. That was why he was in the hospital. What we did not expect was the way his nurses delivered that care — the kindness and compassion they gave Pat and all of us in his family every day. We were awed by the way the nurses touched him and spoke with him, even when he was on a ventilator and totally sedated. The way they informed and educated us eased our minds. They truly helped us through the darkest hours of our lives, with soft voices of hope and strong loving hugs that to this day, we still feel.

"Just days after he died, we began talking about what we would do to help fill the giant hole in our hearts that Pat’s passing had left. Tena came up with the acronym, DAISY, standing for diseases attacking the immune system, and we filed our papers to become a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. As we discussed what to do in Patrick’s memory, we knew that first and foremost, we needed to say Thank You for the gifts nurses give their patients and families every day, just as we had experienced. We created the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses."

About the DAISY Faculty Award 

Over the years of running the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the DAISY Foundation came to learn that despite the many pressures on nursing faculty, they have a profound impact on the future practice of their students.

Many students talk about hearing a professor's or instructor's voice in the back of their heads even years after they have graduated. These dedicated nursing faculty members often do not receive appropriate recognition for the effect they have on their students, on patient care and on the professionalism of nursing.

The Faculty Award was created to recognize and celebrate the contributions faculty make to the future of nursing. In 2017, Connie Evenson. received the inaugural award.


Katie LeBrun
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