Ivon Martinez, RN, received the DAISY award for Hunterdon Health.

Ivon Martinez, RN, Intensive Care Unit, received the Daisy Award for Hunterdon Health.  The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the clinical skill and compassion nurses provide to patients and families every day.

A patient wrote, “Ivon is without question probably one of the best nurses we ever had! Ivon’s constant care shows her dedication to the patients and the rest of the staff.  She was my wife’s ICU nurse for three days.  She took the time to discuss medications and treatments.  My wife spent 21 days in the hospital until she passed away on Nov. 27.  Ivon was a great help and strength for our family.  She is very deserving of the DAISY award.”

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 autoimmune disease.  The care he 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 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, Barnes 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.