The Central Texas College (CTC) Nursing and Allied Health department recently announced Patricia Vasbinder as the winner of the annual DAISY Faculty Award for her commitment and inspirational influence on students. Based on nominations from students and peers, the award is presented to nursing instructors whose expertise and excellence are demonstrated in their role as teachers. Also nominated for the award was last year’s recipient Elizabeth Colon.

Vasbinder, an instructor in the Associate Degree in Nursing program, received a hand-carved Shona sculpture entitled “A Healer’s Touch,” created by the Shona tribe in Zimbabwe, Africa. The statue symbolizes the tribe’s custom of revering traditional healers. This marks the second time Vasbinder has won the award as she earned the honor in 2015.

CTC is one of a handful of colleges and universities participating in the DAISY program. The faculty award is modeled after the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. It was created by the DAISY Foundation in collaboration with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to provide a national recognition program for colleges and schools of nursing to demonstrate appreciation to teachers for on their students.

DAISY, an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, was established in 2000 by the Barnes family of California who lost their son, Patrick, to complications from Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura at the age of 33. The program was founded as a research foundation and to honor nurses for the care they provided the Barnes family. Since its’ inception in 2001, the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses has honored more than 6,000 nurses. In conjunction with the nursing award, The DAISY Faculty Award was created to recognize the contributions faculty make to the future of nursing and to honor academic leaders responsible for preparing the nation's nursing workforce.

Vasbinder has been an instructor with CTC for nine years. She began as a part-time faculty member with the college in 1992 while working as a full-time nurse at Scott & White Hospital in Temple.


Photo cutline: Patricia Vasbinder (left) receives the DAISY Faculty Award from Veronica King, assistant department chairperson. Also pictured are award nominee Elizabeth Colon and Susan Ramnarine-Singh, director - Nursing Programs.