Meet Johns Hopkins School of Nursing’s First DAISY Award Winners

Meet Johns Hopkins School of Nursing’s First DAISY Award Winners

For the first time, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing participated in the DAISY awards, which recognizes extraordinary nursing faculty and clinical educators (in previous years, the DAISY Award was presented by the Johns Hopkins Hospital). The award shows just how much we appreciate exceptional nursing faculty and clinical educators’ commitment and inspirational influence on pre-licensure and advanced practice students.

Incredibly, there were over 100 nominations!

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing students, faculty, and staff nominated educators in three different categories: pre-licensure clinical teaching, advanced practice clinical teaching, and preceptor. Nominations highlighted a nominee’s:

  • Enthusiasm for teaching, learning, and nursing that inspires and motivates learners.
  • Knowledge, understanding, and behavior that reflects principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Personal attributes (e.g. caring, confidence, patience, integrity, etc.) that facilitate high levels of clinical competence and professional growth of learners.
  • Fair and unbiased in interactions with individual learners.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and authentic interest and respect for learners.
  • Collaborative working relationships with learners and colleagues.


2020 Daisy Award Winners:

Pre-licensure Clinical Teaching: Yanka Campbell, MSN, BS/ACC, RN

Yanka Campbell is a clinical instructor in the MSN (Entry into Nursing) Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, and has taught in three integrated clinical management courses — Common, Chronic, and Complex Health Alternations — over the past two years.

In addition to teaching pre-licensure clinical at JHSON, Yanka is an oncology nurse at the University of Maryland Medical Center Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, and a student in our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Her DNP project focuses on improving clinical outcomes for cancer patients experiencing breathlessness through standardize assessment and management. Yanka is currently a member of Sigma Theta Tau International (Nu Beta Chapter), Oncology Nursing Society, and the National League for Nursing. She received a BS in Accounting from Strayer University and an MS in Nursing (CNL program) from the University of Maryland Baltimore.

 From Yanka’s nominators:

Yanka Campbell embodies what it means to be kind and compassionate. Yanka doesn’t do this job for the recognition, she does it because she has a passion to teach and to help others. I have never met someone who deserves a Daisy Award as much as Yanka.

Yanka is a very enthusiastic and caring teacher. She has inspired me to be a better nurse in so many ways- including being mindful of caring for myself, advocating for our patients, and working as a team with other healthcare professionals.


Advanced Practice Clinical Teaching: Marianne Fingerhood, DNP, ANP-PC

Marianne Fingerhood is a clinical instructor and course coordinator in the adult-gerontological primary and the family nurse practitioner programs in the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She has taught in the School of Nursing for 19 years. She has been a nurse practitioner in adult primary care for 21 years and currently is a senior clinician at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians where she champions for expanded access to substance use disorder treatment in primary care. Her work in the JHSON focuses on coordination of clinical placements, providing education on chronic pain, safe opioid prescribing, and the recognition and treatment of substance use disorders. Her area of interest is continued support and education for nurse practitioners as they transition into their roles as primary care providers. With JHSON colleagues, she is currently working on a Nurse Practitioner Fellowship in Primary care curriculum. Marianne received a BS in Nursing and MS from Towson University, an MS in Nursing from the University of Maryland Baltimore, and a DNP from Chatham University. She is currently a member of the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties, the American Association of Nursing Practitioners, and the American Nurses Association.

From Marianne’s nominators:

Marianne’s passion includes starting a new Nurse Practitioner Fellowship program to successfully transitioning newly graduated nurse practitioners from school to practice, and more importantly, retaining them through increasing their resiliency and competency in the clinical setting. Her interest in clinical education for students mirrors her demonstration of excellence in patient care and she provides a major liaison role between the school and practice. Marianne is a member of the Academy for Clinical Excellence, which recognizes clinical excellence, leadership, quality improvement and education. She is an outstanding colleague, teacher, mentor and coach (she developed a formal program for new employees) — a truly well-rounded, experienced, kind and highly competent nurse practitioner and clinical educator. Everyone wants to be her student or patient.

Preceptor: Brenda Smith Nettles, DNP, ACNP-BC

Brenda Smith Nettles is a preceptor in the adult-gerontological primary and the family nurse practitioner programs, a clinical instructor for the advanced health assessment course, and co-course coordinator for the advanced physiology/pathophysiology course at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She is also nurse practitioner in the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her research interests include advanced cancer care, symptom management, and patient education. She has presented at multiple professional conferences sharing her clinical knowledge and professional expertise in surgical oncology. Her professional goal is to provide the best evidence based and patient-centered care to a diverse patient population with complex healthcare needs. She is currently completing the Nurse Educator Certificate program at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and plans to graduate upon completion of the summer 2020 semester. She is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Oncology Nursing Society, and the Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association. Brenda received a BS in nursing from Georgia Southwestern State University, an MS in nursing (acute care nurse practitioner program) from the University of Maryland Baltimore, and a DNP degree from Chatham University.

From Brenda’s nominators:

Dr. Brenda Smith-Nettles is very passionate about teaching and very knowledgeable in her field. She is patient with students and challenges students to think beyond their level of comfort, which allows students to perform at a higher level of thinking. She also is passionate about the advancement of knowledge in her field and has submitted abstracts and presentations. She has also developed practice guidelines for the betterment of patient care and health outcomes.


Winners were notified by phone and will receive their DAISY Award certificates when we return to campus. Thank you to the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing DAISY Awards Committee: Dr. Laura Lucas, Dr. Susan Renda, Dr. Miki Goodwin, and Dr. Mona Shattell. The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation.


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