On October 31st, Corinne Takach, BSN, RN, received the DAISY Award for Hunterdon Health. 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. Corinne received the award while caring for a patient on the Maternity Unit at Hunterdon Medical Center.
The patient of Corinne’s wrote, “Upon arriving for my scheduled induction I was feeling anxious. One of the first people I met here was Corinne. She was so delightful and had a bright personality that made me feel comfortable. Corinne not only eased my anxiety by meeting her, she was so easy to talk to and what really helped with my anxiety was the fact she took her time with me, getting to know me, explaining in great detail the process that was to come, she was patient with me, and not only open to the questions I had but answered them thoroughly. I can tell she had skill when she put my I.V. in with one stick, it usually takes others a few tries. Corinne was an amazing support through my entire labor and delivery process. She was reassuring and made me feel so empowered during my first delivery experience. The care she offered afterwards I will always remember and forever be thankful.”
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, Mary Jo Loughlin, DNP, RN, NEA-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.
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 Health System or to learn more, visit https://www.hunterdonhealth.org/services/careers/nursing-careers/daisy-award.
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