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Hunterdon Healthcare Nurse Receives The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses

October 3, 2019

In May, Hunterdon Healthcare launched an international nurse recognition program called, The DAISY Award. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the clinical skill and the compassion nurses provide to patients and families every day.  On September 27th, Clinton Township resident, Sean Lyon, RN, a nurse on the 3 West inpatient unit at Hunterdon Medical Center, received the Daisy Award.  Sean received three nominations by patients and their families who thought he was most deserving of this award.

The wife of a patient of Sean’s wrote, “Sean was one of my husband’s nurses during the last few weeks of his life.   Although all of the people who cared for him during this sad and sometimes painful time were wonderful, Sean was probably my husband’s favorite.  Along with his sense of caring and duty, he also had a sense of humor, that eased things for both of us and we enjoyed talking to Sean.  As a former Marine, Sean brought a unique perspective to nursing probably from his tours of duty in Afghanistan and when something went wrong, Sean had the “can-do” approach of a Marine and always took the extra steps to fix the problems.   Shortly before my husband passed away, he was put on a morphine drip for his pain.  Sean and a student were putting it in when I noticed my husband Doug stopped breathing.  Sean noticed it and did what he needed to and what was necessary to confirm it.  Then he came over to me and knelt down next to me and said, ‘he’s gone.’  Sean gave me a hug and allowed me to cry my heart out on his shoulder.  Sean assisted me in helping to call the funeral home.  To this day, whenever I see Sean, he gives me a big hug.  He was on that sad day and is to this day, wonderfully supportive.  He is an extraordinary nurse.”

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.  The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patients’ families.

Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation said, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do.  The kind of work the nurses throughout Hunterdon Healthcare are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses has been adopted by 3,500 health care facilities and schools of nursing in all 50 states and 21 other countries, committed to honoring their nurses for their extraordinary care and compassion.  Individual nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues and they are chosen by a Hunterdon Healthcare committee.

“We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program.  Nurses are heroes every day.  It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that,” explained Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services, Patricia Steingall, MS, RN, NE-BC.

DAISY Award recipients are presented with a certificate, a DAISY Award pin, a beautiful hand-carved serpentine stone sculpture from Zimbabwe, and a spotlight page on The DAISY Foundation website, featuring a photo and telling the story of why this nurse was honored. In addition, each DAISY Award facility will receive a large celebratory banner that is hung in the recipient’s unit for a month.

At each award presentation, all the nurses and staff in the recipient’s unit are treated to cinnamon rolls. The reason?  Once, Patrick ate his father’s cinnamon roll when he was in the hospital without an appetite for food.  He then requested one for the next day – and enough for all the nurses in the unit.

To nominate a nurse that works for Hunterdon Healthcare System or to learn more, visit www.hunterdonhealthcare.org/daisy-award.



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