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Hunterdon Healthcare Nurse Receives The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses

Pictured: On March 3rd, Breinigsville, PA resident, Crystal Burke, RN-BC,  3 West inpatient unit at Hunterdon Medical Center received the Daisy Award.

March 5, 2020

In 2019, 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 March 3rd, Breinigsville, PA resident, Crystal Burke, RN-BC, 3 West Inpatient Unit at Hunterdon Medical Center received the Daisy Award.

The family of a patient said the following about Crystal: “Crystal was on duty when my brother-in-law arrived at his room on 3 West after being in the Emergency Department. She immediately picked up on Michael’s emotional anxiety; anxiety that would appear subtle to most people. However, by reading between the lines during their communication, she gracefully and gently managed to quell his concerns. This was critical, as it established Michael’s confidence and comfort level in his nurse. She also immediately assessed his medical needs which required frequent attention. Crystal has the ability to be professional and compassionate, and she is an excellent listener who clearly made an effort to “connect” with her patient – a patient who was most uncomfortable physically, feeling fearful, anxious, and exhausted. She is graceful, thoughtful, efficient, and simply a hard worker who was really on top of her job and her patient’s needs. Crystal stood apart as a nursing/health care professional who is clearly dedicated to her profession and her patients. Sometimes we meet people in life and it is clear they are doing what they were meant to do. I believe Crystal Burke is an example of this, which is why I have nominated her for the Daisy Award.”

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 4,300 health care facilities and schools of nursing in all 50 states and 27 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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