The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

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The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications from an autoimmune disease. During his illness, the nursing care Patrick received profoundly touched his family. They created this award to honor Patrick’s memory and express gratitude to nurses wherever they practice. The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award has become an international form of nursing recognition to remind nurses of the unforgettable impact their care has on patients and families.

The Daisy Award Statue

At Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), the DAISY Award recognizes our nurses’ clinical skills and the compassionate care that exemplifies the kind of nurse that our patients, their families, and our staff recognize as exemplary. An RWJUH nurse who receives the DAISY Award consistently:

  • Establishes that special connection with the patient and family which demonstrates the trust, care and compassion of the nurse-patient-family relationship
  • Has a positive attitude and demonstrates professionalism in the work environment
  • Collaborates with the health care team to meet the patient’s and family’s needs
  • Exhibits excellent interpersonal skills with patients, family members, peers and co-workers
  • Lives the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital safety values

If you would like to nominate an RWJUH nurse for the DAISY Award, please use button below for the nomination form on the DAISY Foundation website:


Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital DAISY Award Recipients


  • March: Jamie Sellari, Pediatrics
  • May: Nasrin Nikpour, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • July: Terri Brooks, Operating Room


  • February: Junerose Gambito, 2 Core
  • March: Alexandria Lindower, Operating Room
  • May: Catia Quintela, 2 Core
  • July: Lindsey Setaro, 2 East Orthopedics
  • August: Kortni Zhivotinsky, Adolescents
  • September: Kathleen Garbarino, Critical Care Float Pool
  • October: Lauren Baldi, Neurocritical Care Unit
  • November: Franchesca Mendoza, South Building Medical Unit


  • January: Kimberley Weinberg, 2 Core
  • February: Jennifer Mackown, Pediatrics
  • September: Elzbieta Zych, Emergency Department
  • October: Perlita DeChavez, Labor & Delivery
  • December: Linette Ruiz Arias, Labor & Delivery

Patient Stories

  • “I’m not sure I could have done it without their encouragement and support,” Lara says. “Whenever I would ask if it was okay to do something like play hockey again, they would tell me to go for it.”

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  • "I tell him he’s Superman and he can do no wrong,” Brian says. "It’s such a great gesture that it’s hard to put into words and say something that would do it justice."

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