Donna Ayers-Snelson


Donna Ayers-Snelson

Misericordia University Nursing Department
Dallas, PA
United States

Donna Ayers Snelson D.Ed, MSN, CS, Associate Professor of nursing and director of the Center for Nursing History at Misericordia University (MU), received the first DAISY Faculty Award at Misericordia University. The award was introduced on May 7, 2013 for the first time during a social ceremony honoring nurses during National Nurses Week. 

Donna received the award after being nominated by her colleagues for being a “nurse educator that exemplifies the kind of faculty member that students, colleagues, staff and administrators recognize as an exemplary educator and an outstanding role model.’’

“Misericordia University is proud to be among the schools of nursing participating in The DAISY Faculty Award program,’’ said Cynthia Mailloux, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Nursing at Misericordia University. “Faculty members indeed are very special, and The DAISY Faculty Award could not have been launched at a better time. It’s important that our faculty members know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.’’

Below are some of the reasons nominees shared why Donna was deserving of the first DAISY Recipient at MU:

“This is not written for just one day of exemplary performance, but many years of commitment and dedication to the success of nursing students.” “Not only has Dr. Donna Snelson supported students for numerous years, but she has also inspired and mentored many budding nurse educators.”

“She has advocated for students by bringing about change in the nursing program and fostered the growth of students as they progressed from freshman to senior years. She has shared her nursing knowledge across programs on both the undergraduate and graduate levels,’’ says the nomination letter, which was co-written by MU students and faculty. “Over her tenure, Donna has assumed many different roles and taught a multitude of courses with competence, innovation and accountability. She has imparted her knowledge to students not only in the classroom, but also in a variety of different clinical settings. I have only seen her treat students with respect and fairness.’’