The Pennsylvania College of Technology presented a DAISY award to nursing student Julia M. Abraham, of Milton, earlier this month.

Abraham, who graduated Aug. 6 with an associate’s degree in health arts with a major in practical nursing, received the DAISY Award for Outstanding Nursing Students.

Abraham’s proband wrote of her experience during clinical rotations: “Julia listened to her patient, who was very ill, and knew how to bring a smile to this patient every time she entered the room to help with his care or give him encouragement. … She went above and beyond while caring for this patient, and it was evident that he left a lasting impression on her in his final days as well.

The DAISY Awards are a project of the DAISY Foundation, a non-profit organization established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes by members of his family. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired the creation of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses to recognize and thank nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and of their families.

The foundation has expanded the award program to academic institutions to recognize professors who inspire compassionate care in their students and students who demonstrate this throughout their studies.

Penn College implemented its DAISY awards program in 2022. One faculty award and three student awards are given annually. Recipients can be nominated by peers, colleagues, patients, families or elders. Winners are selected by a Penn College nursing program committee.

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