Hunterdon Healthcare Nurse Receives The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses
On July 24th, Danielle Erickson, BSN, RN, a nurse on the 5 South inpatient unit at Hunterdon Medical Center, received the first Daisy Award for the organization. Danielle’s nomination was submitted by a patient’s family who thought she was most deserving of this award. Pictured left to right: Danielle Erickson, BSN, RN, Patricia Steingall, MS, RN, NE-BC, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services and Patrick Gavin, President and CEO, Hunterdon Healthcare.
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 July 24th, Danielle Erickson, BSN, RN, a nurse on the 5 South inpatient unit at Hunterdon Medical Center, received the first Daisy Award for the organization. Danielle’s nomination was submitted by a patient’s family who thought she was most deserving of this award.
Danielle Erickson, BSN, RN, was honored with the DAISY Award because she went above and beyond to work with a young patient with anorexia. Danielle spent hours helping him understand the importance of food and the nutrients needed to help keep his vitals safe. Danielle offered support, encouragement, and was able to get her patient to order items from the menu such as, eggs and chicken, that he would not normally eat. The patient was still fearful of food and Danielle understood this. She made her own personal smoothies for him and her patient loved them. According to the patient’s mother, “Danielle not only touched my son’s life, she touched mine as well. Danielle Erickson is an outstanding nurse. She needs to be recognized for her love of her job, patients, and families. I cannot thank Danielle enough for everything she has done as a nurse, but I will always think of her as an angel.”
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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