Posted on Dec 6, 2021

2021 DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty Honoree

2021 DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty Honoree

USF Health College of Nursing Instructor Dr. Marc Rosales received the college’s Diseases Attacking the Immune System (DAISY) Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty at a virtual ceremony on December 3, 2021.

Kelsey Ryan, a senior in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, was one of 14 people that nominated Rosales.

“The passion about nursing that Dr. Rosales portrays is so influential and has pushed me to where I am today as a nursing student,” she said.

Rosales’ nursing career started in 2005 after he graduated from the University of Toledo. Over the years, he’s held a variety of specialty positions as a nurse. In 2011, Rosales earned his Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and started teaching. Six years later, he earned his Doctorate in Nursing Practice and began his career at the USF Health College of Nursing shortly after. Now, he is the course lead for Complex Health I, Pathophysiology/Pharmacology and Role Transition & Leadership.

Jon Hendricks, accelerated second degree student, said Rosales’ courses focus on patient care, while providing students with resources and skills to become compassionate nurses that advocate for their patients. His greatest takeaway from Rosales is simple: care.

“It’s a direct obligation we have not just to our patients, but to one another as people of the world,” he said. “We should always approach our patients and others in life with care and that ethic is what will make us successful nurses.”

Rosales said his students and colleagues are the best part of his job, “I cannot express how grateful I am to receive the DAISY Award. After listening to all the testimonials, I couldn’t help but feel so appreciative and honored to make such a difference in so many lives.”

Complex Health LabIn many of the nominations for Rosales, he was mutually described as inspirational. Despite the challenge, many students confessed his courses are their favorite because his approach to teaching is a combination of informative, interactive and fun.

“He goes out of his way to bring a smile to our faces,” said alumna Madeline Westbrook. “It is obvious Dr. Rosales has a deep passion for teaching and truly wants each of his students to succeed. He deserves to be recognized for all of his efforts that promote student success!”

Beyond teaching, students say Rosales genuinely cares for them and consistently checks on how they are handling the stress of nursing school.

Accelerated Second Degree Student Mary Zent said, “Dr. Rosales goes the extra mile to ensure his students receive the tools needed to succeed as nurses.”

Rosales says he sets high expectation for his self and future nurses.

“Receiving feedback in the form of a grade or even making mistakes does not define what you mean to your patients or what you can achieve,” he said. “These are opportunities are for reflection, task-oriented coping and lifelong learning. All values that I strive to make sure my students learn early in their career.”

In 2020, the College of Nursing began accepting faculty nominations and since then, has received more than 170 nominations and recognized more than 60 faculty members for their impact on students and patient outcome.

Rosales HonoreeDuring the ceremony, College of Nursing Dean Usha Menon said, “We have been so fortunate to partner with the DAISY foundation and other colleges to develop programs to bring recognition to those faculty members who are truly extraordinary and inspire the next generation of nurses.”

DAISY Foundation Founders Bonnie and Mark Barnes started this program 22 years ago in honor of their son, who died from an autoimmune disorder. After spending eight weeks in the hospital by their son’s side, the Barnes felt compelled to say thank you to nurses and recognize their compassion and kindness. To date, there has been more than two million nominations globally.

“We are extremely proud of the scope of this program,” said Bonnie. In 2011, Bonnie says it became evident the DAISY Foundation needed to expand its recognition to include faculty members.

“All of them [nurses] had a voice they never forgot,” she said. “It was someone who truly influenced their practice because of their teaching.”

Rosales is one of those voices.

Story by Cassidy Delamarter