Washington resident, Carissa Frutchey, BSN, RN, received the DAISY award for Hunterdon Health.

Carissa Frutchey, BSN, RN, Maternity and Newborn Care Center, 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.

A patient wrote, “I came into Maternity to have my second baby and Carissa sat down and discussed every single thing with me and answered all my questions. She told me how this was my experience and I was to just let her know what I wanted for my birth, and she made me feel so special and in control. When it came time to experience contractions in labor, she was with me the whole time and even set up my room with electric tea lights and lavender. There was a point where my baby’s heart rate dropped. Carissa and team were doing different interventions which usually would have been scary but she kept me so informed during such a stressful event. I was scared but I knew she wasn’t and that she was confident and it made me feel reassured. Being a survivor of a traumatic childhood event, my mother prayed I would have a good experience and I got so much more than that. She has no idea how much her care meant to me and it has forever touched me and made me feel safe. Carissa was not just meant to be a nurse, but she was meant to be a labor nurse.”

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.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes 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.

“When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night,” said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, president and co-founder of The DAISY Foundation. “Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses throughout Hunterdon Health 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 Health committee.

“We are proud to be among the health care 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,” said Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services, Mary Jo Loughlin, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Hunterdon Health.

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 who works for Hunterdon Health or to learn more, visit www.hunterdonhealth.org/services/careers/nursing-careers/daisy-award.