A number of nurses at Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago have been honored with the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses since its implementation at the hospital late last year. Wayne Peterson, RN; Rita Olumba, RN; Aloima Guerra, RN; Michael Umebuani, RN; Sue McMahon, RN; Ester Gamboa, RN; Abbie Simandl, RN; and Jennifer Foy, RN, all have received the honor since.
Each month, a nurse is selected by a committee consisting of four staff nurses to receive The DAISY Award. At a presentation in front of colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors, the honoree receives a certificate commending the nurse for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.” The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” The honoree also is given a sculpture.
“We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program,” CNO William Duffy, RN, MJ, CNOR, FAAN, said in the news release. “Nurses are heroes every day. Given the current national nursing shortage, the DAISY Award could not be launched at a better time. Its important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and the DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”