Methodist College Professor Shelley Riney Receives DAISY Faculty Award

Professor Shelley Riney Receives DAISY Faculty Award

Methodist College recognizes a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty Award recipient each year to recognize exceptional nursing faculty. The 2020 award recipient is Shelley Riney, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Methodist College. Shelley received multiple nominations from faculty and students.

Shelley Riney was recognized as an exceptional nursing instructor, who goes above and beyond for Methodist College, students, and colleagues. She always promotes student learning and the profession of nursing. She is a passionate instructor who ensures students are successful and prepared for the demands of a nursing career. She encourages hands-on learning and teaching styles to meet students needs.


She is active on committees at Methodist College, serving in leadership roles on several of those committees. In her nomination, Shelley is described as “a wonderful mentor, leader, instructor, nurse, and human being.” Shelley volunteers for the College, Methodist Alumni Association, and most recently, she volunteered to assist with COVID-19 vaccinations at UnityPoint Health. Her strong work ethic shines in all she does to make Methodist College a better place.

Nominations from students show her dedication to their success. Every nomination speaks to how Shelley goes above and beyond to assist others. One conversation with Shelley and you know how much she cares about students and others.


One nomination from a student said Shelley is, “among the most knowledgeable nursing instructors…she is also among the most dedicated to her students learning and success.” She is known to be available to students beyond office hours, trying to accommodate schedules to help students succeed. She ensures students not only complete her course but are successful in the course. Her enthusiasm makes her classes interesting. She implements learning styles to ensure all students are successful. Shelley is an advocate for students."

Shelley is a Methodist alumna, celebrating 40 years in nursing last year! She is a long-time board member of the Methodist Alumni Association. In 2020, Shelley was elected President of the Methodist Alumni Association, previously serving as Vice President of Events. 

"You’ll find Shelley volunteering at alumni events throughout the year, whether it is popping popcorn for students, presenting at the alumni reunion, offering encouragement to new alumni at graduation, or attending other alumni events," said Methodist College Alumni Relations Coordinator Meghan Smith. "You can always count on Shelley to be there with an enthusiastic smile to help."

 With her extensive knowledge of the history of nursing and Methodist College, Shelly was asked to present on those topics in 2019, at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

Congratulations to DAISY Faculty Award recipient Shelly Riney!

The DAISY Foundation is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, the DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at the age of 33, from complications of an auto-immune disease. Patrick’s family was very touched by the remarkable compassion and skill demonstrated by Patrick’s nurses during his illness. They created the DAISY Foundation with a goal to “ensure that nurses know how deserving they are of our society’s profound respect for the education, training, brainpower, and sill they put into their work, and especially for the caring with which they