For the first time, the Kramer School of Nursing at Oklahoma City University bestowed a DAISY award upon a faculty member for demonstrating excellence in instruction. This past fall Beth Pitman, MSN, ACCNS-AG, CNE, clinical assistant professor, received the award for the Fall 2021 semester.
Pursuing a lifelong dream, Pittman began teaching at the Kramer School of Nursing in 2017 after a successful career in clinical practice. Pittman is also a founding faculty member of the high-fidelity Meinders Simulation Center and leads a study abroad course and service-learning trip to Oaxaca, Mexico.
“Professor Pitman is one of the kindest, most inclusive professors I have ever met,” wrote one student in their nomination letter for Pittman, “She takes her time to ensure we actually understand the material she lectures over. I felt excited to come to class knowing she would be lecturing that day.”
As an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Professor Pitman practiced holistic and compassionate care for transplant patients at the Nazi Zuhdi Transplant Institute. Her areas of expertise include advanced gastroenterology, critical care, sepsis, palliative care, and diabetes.
The DAISY Foundation (DAISY being an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System) was created to express gratitude and show recognition to the incredibly meaningful work that nurses do every day. In its first iteration, The DAISY AwardFor Extraordinary Nurses (The DAISY Award), was made in partnership with hospital systems to recognize the clinical skill of nurses within the organizations. It’s since been expanded to include academic health systems in order to also provide recognition to nursing students and faculty for their work furthering the field with skill as well as compassion.1
“The intent was to honor nursing faculty who inspire their students to always remember that nursing is much more than tasks and technology. These faculty help ensure that the art as well as the science of nursing are brought to every patient experience,” the foundation’s website explains, “The DAISY Award for Nursing Faculty is helping to lift those nurses who educate and nurture future nurses and those advancing their expertise.”1
Oklahoma City University is proud to count Pittman among its ranks of expert faculty at the Kramer School of Nursing. Our faculty work and live by The Kramer Way, our philosophy for education centered on caring, kindness and respect. Our dedicated offer virtual office hours and one-on-one appointments where you can seek their advice, learn more about their research interests and roles as industry leaders, and receive mentorship on career decisions and opportunities. For a community-focused nursing education from nursing experts, choose OCU.