NOC Nursing DAISY Award Finalist Elaine Briggs

Ponca City Now - May 1, 2024 6:11 am

Elaine Briggs 2024 NOC Daisy Award nominee.

Northern Oklahoma College Nursing faculty members will be honored with The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty at the NOC 2024 Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony Friday, May 3 at the Kinzer Performing Arts Center in NOC Tonkawa at 7 p.m.

One of the four finalist is NOC Nursing Instructor Elaine Briggs.

After graduating high school in 1979, Briggs attended Central Vo-Tech in Sapulpa in a medical assistant program where she decided she wanted to be a nurse. She completed Oklahoma Baptist University’s nursing program and started her nursing career at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa where she worked in orthopedics and cardiac care. She then worked in Home Health Care before moving to Oklahoma City where she worked at University Hospital in newborn and special care nursery.

Briggs then moved to Blackwell where her husband started a medical practice. She took time off from nursing to raise her children and then started at NOC as an adjunct instructor, joining NOC as a full-time faculty member in January 2016.

“This has been a dream job for me,” she said. “I get to share my passion for nursing. I also found that I love encouraging students to do their best and would meet frequently with them and give them study tips. I read everything I could get my hands on to help me with this endeavor. In 2023, I became the success coach for our nursing program. I am continually challenged by the teaching and striving to do my best. I have been blessed by God’s hand and it shows in the amazing experiences God has given me through the years.”

The award is part of The DAISY Foundation’s mission to express gratitude to nurses with programs that recognize them for the extraordinary, compassionate and skillful care they provide patients and families.

DAISY Award recognitions honor the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day wherever they practice, in whatever role they serve, and throughout their careers – from Nursing Student through Lifetime Achievement in Nursing.


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