By Mindy Longhurst
Image of Michael Scott receiving the DAISY In Training Award.
The DAISY Foundation is a non-profit organization, established in 1999, by the family of Patrick Barnes. Barnes died from complications of the auto-immune disease, Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (or ITP,) at the age of 33. Like many families that experience loss, the Barnes family decided to do something positive to honor him. After his death, the Barnes family founded DAISY—an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System—to thank nurses who cared for Barnes and recognize exceptional nurses around the world.
The DAISY In Training Award is given to an extraordinary nursing student twice a year at the College of Nursing at Brigham Young University. Michael Scott received this award from the nomination he received. A student says, “Michael is one of the most compassionate people I have met. He shows compassion for his patients as well as for his fellow students. He is always willing to take the time to explain difficult concepts to his peers. Michael is kind to everyone that he meets, and he is always there to cheer you on when you are feeling discouraged. He is very involved in the nursing discipline, and has served in leadership roles in SNA as well as participated in research with faculty. Not only is he intelligent and skilled, but he truly exemplifies the Healer’s art in the way that he interacts with his patients and peers.”
Image of Scott with his family.
Scott explains that before he was in the nursing program he was a firefighter and worked as an EMT. He felt like he needed to do more to help his patients, and was inspired one day as he watched nurses love and take care of their patients. He decided that he wanted to become a nurse, so he moved his family across the country to obtain a nursing degree from the College of Nursing.
The journey that Scott has taken to get to this point is incredible. Scott explains, “I was inspired by someone who spoke during General Conference. He spoke about how we should treat people with love and respect. We should treat people the way that their parents would treat them. I now think about this whenever I am with a patient.”
Scott continues to set an example and love those around him in the nursing program and with the patients he interacts with.
Watch our video about Scott earning the DAISY In Training Award: https://youtu.be/aLW4UOh0OUU