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2018 Daisy Award Winners

Saint Barnabas Medical Center

JANUARY 2018

Nina Skretkowicz, RN, Receives Daisy Award at SBMC

Nina Skretkowicz

Congratulations to the latest DAISY Award Winner, Nina Skretkowicz, RN, from 2West/Oncology. The following was written by her nominator:

“Nina has been a stunning example of professionalism and downright, good ol’ laugh ‘til you drop ‘nurse/buddy’ (that’s the best term I could come up with!). I’ve been hospitalized numerous times over the past year and have been so lucky to have her as a nurse multiple times. First, her quick response to my needs (especially when I’m in pain) makes a world of difference to me. When it comes to follow-up and collaborating with other departments, I only have to ask once. I always feel like she gives of herself and it is nice when the focus isn’t just me and cancer. When I ask her how she’s doing, she’s genuine and it makes this experience more valuable and the relationship trustworthy. She takes the time to make sure my needs are met. Nina is in the perfect field and I hope you will recognize and praise her in any way you can for her compassion, empathy, observant and detail-oriented nature—but most of all, her kindness to me as a patient. It’s made a world of difference and I’m truly thankful.”


Robert Gannon, RN, Receives Daisy Award at SBMC

Robert Gannon
Pictured, from left, are Jennifer O’Neill, DNP, APN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer; Robert Gannon, RN, DAISY Award Winner; and Vincent Silvestri, RN, MSN, CPHQ, Director of Emergency Services.

Congratulations to the latest DAISY Award Winner, Robert Gannon, RN,from the Emergency Department.

The following was written by his nominator: “A DAISY winner is a nurse that is caring, compassionate and a team player. A nurse that exemplifies all of these qualities and more is Robert. There have been multiple occasions that Robert has offered to help me with my patients or when asked for help did not hesitate to help me or another co-worker. He is considerate and kind with his patients, he listens to their concerns and takes excellent care of everyone he is responsible for. His patients always seem happy with his care and seem well taken care of.

There is one specific time I can remember where Robert went above and beyond what he needed to do to help me out. It was very busy in the unit and I had a hallway assignment. One of my patients had Parkinson’s disease and needed to be cleaned and changed. The clinical techs in my area were all busy with other tasks and I needed help moving him because he was a very tall man and required two people for moving assistance. I asked Robert if a room in his section was open so I could clean my patient so when a tech was available, we could move him. Robert offered his assistance to help me put my patient in a wheelchair and offered to help me clean and change him. I most likely would have been able to change him on the stretcher myself and I wasn’t going to ask Robert to help me since I knew he had his own patients to care for. We got the patient on the stretcher and Robert just started cleaning the patient even after I told him he didn’t have to and that he could go back and take care of his patients. If Robert didn’t help me it would have taken a while to move and change my patient. That’s the type of nurse Robert is though, he will help you whenever he can if it’s possible. He never says no to a fellow co-worker who needs assistance. When he is caught up with his assignment he always walks around and asks other nurses if they need help. I know this example may seem like a small task but on that specific day it really helped me out and saved me a lot of time so I could take care of my other patients. I was very appreciative on that day he helped me out and am thankful on all days he notices when someone needs help and steps in. Robert definitely deserves to win a DAISY award for all the hard work he does in the unit and for the compassionate care he gives his patients every day.”

FEBRUARY 2018

Pamela Stone, RN, Receives Daisy Award at SBMC

Pamela Stone
Pictured, from left, are Gladys McHenry, MSN, MBA, RN; NICU Nurse Manager; Jaclyn Kandinsky, BSN, RN, NICU Clinical Coordinator; Pamela Stone, RN, DAISY Award winner; and Jennifer O'Neill, DNP, APN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer.

Congratulations to the latest DAISY Award Winner, Pamela Stone, RN, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The following was written by her nominator:

“My son was born prematurely at 26 weeks 2 days and has been a patient for over three months (and counting). Throughout his stay, I have been fortunate to work with a wonderful team of outstanding doctors and nurses. Pamela Stone, in particular, has been extraordinarily kind and generous with her time and expertise and has supported my son and our family throughout our entire journey. She has truly been his guardian angel.

Pamela’s sense of humor, high energy level, expertise and caring personality make her shine as a nurse. Her positive mindset and upbeat personality are contagious. She exudes a genuine passion for nursing and consistently gives 100 percent of herself to both her patients and their parents. Her sincerity, compassion and dedication towards her patients are evident in her attention to detail and the extra effort she puts into every minute of her nursing care. The journey as apparent is uniquely challenging and the outstanding support Pamela has given has really touched my heart.

Pamela consistently goes above and beyond her daily responsibilities, is resourceful and always attentive which affords my entire family a sense of security that our son is receiving the care he needs when we are not able to be there. Pamela provides a nurturing environment that fosters the support, education and positive encouragement families with premature babies need to succeed along their journey. It is for all of these reasons I feel Pamela would be an ideal candidate for the DAISY Award.”

MARCH 2018

Brittany Daniels, RN, Receives Daisy Award at SBMC

Brittany Daniels
Pictured, from left, are Stephen P. Zieniewicz, FACHE, President and CEO; Jennifer O'Neill, DNP, APN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer; Gladys McHenry, MSN, MBA, RN, NICU Nurse Manager; and Brittany Daniels, RN, DAISY Award winner.

Congratulations to the latest DAISY Award Winner, Brittany Daniels, RN, from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). In March, Brittany made a great catch and prevented a potentially dangerous medication error. The amount dispensed and verified by the pharmacy was two times the therapeutic dose. What makes this more impressive is that Brittany has only been in NICU for 10 months and does not have prior NICU experience. We recognize Brittany for her diligence and focus on patient safety.


Claudette Gedeon, RN, Receives Daisy Award at SBMC

Claudette Gedeon
Pictured, from left, are Jennifer O'Neill, DNP, APN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, Melanie Caldararo BSN, RN, Unit Nurse Manager, 5200/Pulmonary, Claudette Gedeon, RN, DAISY Award Winner; and Leanne Sanabria, BSN, RN, Nursing Director of Medical/Surgical Services.

Congratulations to the latest DAISY Award Winner, Claudette Gedeon, RN, 5200/Pulmonary Unit. The following was written by her nominator:

“I have been a physician on staff at SBMC since 1990. I have seen all types of nurses. I was admitted as a patient and she was my nurse. The personal attention, concern, friendly attitude was above and beyond what I expected. Mind you, she did not know I was a physician on staff. I had an irritating issue that she offered a solution which gave me as much physical comfort (or more) than the physicians caring for me.”

APRIL 2018

Cherline Jean-Charles, RN, Receives Daisy Award at SBMC

Cherline Jean-Charles
Pictured, from left, are Maria A. Brilhante, MSN, APN, CMSRN, Director of Nursing; Cherline Jean-Charles, RN, DAISY Award Winner; and Jennifer O'Neill, DNP, APN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer.

Congratulations to the latest DAISY Award Winner, Cherline Jean-Charles, RN, Radiology. The following was written by her nominator:

“In the days before Mom passed, she knew she wasn’t going to make it. She told us to ask any questions and to hold her hand. The doctors were convinced they could save her. We had 18 more days of smiles and laughs with Mom, all of which we are eternally grateful for. Mom told us again on the day she passed that she wasn’t going to make it. Nervously, I asked the nurse if there was any change. Cherline told me, empathetically, that everything still looked good, pressure, rate, etc. Again, empathetically, she told me, ‘Mom isn’t going anywhere. She is good.’ We left a few hours later to get some rest. On the hour drive home, I felt so grateful to have great nurses and doctors to rally for Mom and support us. I called the unit to thank Cherline for her kind words and for renewing our hope. Half an hour later, we were notified that Mom had lost a pulse and she was officially gone. When we returned that night, Cherline was still there two hours after her shift ended. She looked as sad as we were. She apologized and said they tried everything. We just hugged. I am still so thankful for that hope Cherline gave us. I never got to tell her that. I’m thankful for the information shared and the kindness the SBMC team provided us. Families and patients need hope and support. Your hospital delivered for us and we can’t thank you enough. I firmly believe Mom waited for us to leave that night. While we were spared the heart wrenching last moments, a team at SBMC was not. Please share this with Cherline, she needs to know that I am grateful for the hope she shared and the care she gave Mom. Mom had so many angels at SBMC. She tried to tell each of you that you earned your wings, or you have your steps to heaven. Now she is our angel. All our love to your hospital and staff.”


Jocelyn Paloma, RN, Receives Daisy Award at SBMC

Jocelyn Paloma
Pictured, from left, are Maria A. Brilhante, MSN, APN, CMSRN, Director of Nursing; Lendra James, MS, BSN, RN, Nurse Manager, 1 West; Jocelyn Paloma, RN, DAISY Award Winner; and Jennifer O'Neill, DNP, APN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer.

Congratulations to the latest DAISY Award Winner, Jocelyn Paloma, RN, from 1 West (Medical/Surgical Step Down). The following was written by her nominator:

“My mom was recently admitted and diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. As you can imagine, this was devastating, but even more so as I am an oncology nurse and now I am at the other end of the bed. All the staff were wonderful and caring but Jocelyn stood out. I felt like she put herself in my shoes. Jocelyn’s exceptional compassionate care, warm words and small kind gestures got my mom, my family and myself through the toughest days.”

MAY 2018

Anna DeJesus, RN, Receives Daisy Award at SBMC

Anna DeJesus
Pictured, from left, are Jennifer O'Neill, DNP, APN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer; Linglingay Tolentino, RN, MSN, CEN,Nurse Manager, Emergency Department; Anna DeJesus, RN, DAISY Award Winner; and Vincent Silvestri, RN, MSN, CPHQ, Director of Emergency Services.

Congratulations to the latest DAISY Award Winner, Anna DeJesus, RN, from the Emergency Department. The following was written by her nominator:

“One day while triaging patients, a questionable case presented itself which aroused Anna’s suspicions. A child came in for what seemed like an ordinary knee injury following a fall. However, conflicting stories surrounding the circumstances of the injury by the child and the parent as well as the child’s apparent anxiety around his parent alerted Anna that something was amiss. In addition, areas of old bruising were noted on the child’s body. Immediately, Anna’s instincts as both a competent and caring nurse as well as a mother of two young children alerted her to the signs of potential child abuse. Despite resistance from other medical professionals to further investigate, Anna held strong to her conviction that there was more to the story. The subsequent revelation of an excess of 26 fractures at various stages of healing reaffirmed what she suspected. Anna’s direct actions resulted in securing the child’s safety and wellbeing and possibly saving the child’s life. Anna serves as a powerful reminder of the reason we are all nurses!”


Gina Pollara, RN, Receives Daisy Award at SBMC

Gina Pollara
Pictured, from left, are Jennifer O'Neill, DNP, APN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer; Gina Pollara, RN, DAISY Award Winner; and Lauren Story, RN, BSN, CCRN, Nurse Manager, Intensive and Cardiac Care Unit.

Congratulations to the latest DAISY Award Winner, Gina Pollara, RN, Intensive Care Unit. The following was written by her nominator:

“My husband is a patient and Gina has been his nurse for two days. Both days she has exhibited a high level of professionalism and care. My husband is not an easy patient and has had several episodes of delirium with continued agitation. Gina has spoken soothingly to him, repositioned him in bed and overall met each outburst with a calm, controlled response. Other family members also commented on how skilled Gina is. She is a definite asset to the unit!”

JUNE 2018

Rosa Cole, RN, Receives Daisy Award at SBMC

Rosa Cole
Pictured, from left, are Jennifer O'Neill, DNP, APN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer; Gladys McHenry, RN, MSN, MBA, Nurse Manger, NICU; Rosa Cole, RN, DAISY Award Winner; Sheila Collier, MSN, RNC, Director of Maternal/Child Service; and Stephen P. Zieniewicz, FACHE, President and CEO.

Congratulations to the latest DAISY Award Winner, Rosa Cole, RN, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The following was written by her nominator:

“I realized I only had a few photos of myself pregnant. We tried to get pregnant for a year and a half. Three cycles of ICI and three cycles of IVF; four different embryos had been implanted. No health or fertility issues for either of us, just my maternal age got in the way. But then…we were finally pregnant! I’m not sure anyone had ever been happier to be pregnant. I lived so in the moment and spent my free time getting ready for the baby, that I never thought to document my belly… my physical journey. So I thought to myself on Sunday night, August 27, 2017, that the following Sunday I would be 7 months pregnant and I was going to make sure my husband took some pictures of me; however, the following Sunday… I was no longer pregnant. My baby was born on Tuesday, just two days after I was anticipating hitting the seventh month mark that I would never reach.

My daughter was born at 27 weeks, 2 days; weighing 2lbs. 3.3 oz. At the time, I had no idea what that meant. What the odds of her survival would be. What her health would be like. What her future would/could look like. I didn’t know what a NICU really looked like. I didn’t know what neonatologists did. I didn’t know that NICU nurses were different from other nurses. Of course I didn’t know any of this because I assumed like everyone else, that I would have a full-term baby.

Our lives completely changed that day. I had a vaginal birth. I pushed for an hour and a half. She came out crying. The tiniest little cry. But she was crying. She was scooped away immediately but was quickly assessed and returned to my arms for a minute. No oxygen. Nothing. Just a very tiny, beautiful baby. She was then taken away to the NICU. I still had no idea what that meant.

Within the next few hours, we were able to see our baby in the NICU. Rosa Cole was our nurse that first night. She told us what we could expect. She also let us know how amazing our girl was. A 27-weeker who didn’t need to be intubated. She was on 21% CPAP. We had no idea what any of that meant. She explained what every line and tube coming out of her was. She comforted us and somehow already felt like family. Two days later, we ran into Rosa. She informed us that she signed up to primary our baby. Rosa was in our delivery room and was instantly connected to us and our baby. Rosa told us that she would always be straightforward with us and she also told us our daughter was going to be ok. She sent us resources within a few hours that would carry us through, straight to today. Rosa outlined exactly what to expect from a NICU stay. Rosa was always straightforward. Rosa always made us laugh. Rosa loved our baby and us.”


Christopher Stanford, RN, Receives Daisy Award at SBMC

Christopher Stanford
Pictured, from left, are Jennifer O'Neill, DNP, APN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer; Christopher Stanford, RN, DAISY Award Winner; Lauren Story, RN, MSN, CCRN, Nurse Manager, Intensive and Cardiac Care Unit; and Stephen P. Zieniewicz, FACHE, President and CEO.

Congratulations to the latest DAISY Award Winner, Christopher Stanford, RN, Intensive Care Unit. The following was written by his nominator:

“I was hospitalized and diagnosed with a multitude of problems. While all the staff and physicians were wonderful, one nurse stood out from the rest. Christopher Stanford came in my room with a smile. He saw me not only as a patient but as a person who was afraid and sick. He listened and then helped me to regain my dignity. He bathed me, gave my meds, and kept me informed. I thank you, Christopher, for doing more than you know!”

JULY 2018

Jenifer Tsang, RN, Receives Daisy Award at SBMC

Jenifer Tsang
Pictured, from left, are Irene Dalisay-Macaventa, RN, CTICU; Jenifer Tsang, RN,DAISY Award winner; Jennifer O'Neill, DNP, APN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer; and Jane Gensaya, RN, MSN, CCRN, CTICU, Nurse Manager.

Congratulations to the latest DAISY Award Winner, Jenifer Tsang, RN, Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU). The following was written by her nominator, Irene Dalisay-Macaventa, RN, CTICU.

“I may consider her a novice in open heart critical care but she demonstrates genuine passion in caring and helping patients. A vivid example is taking care of an agitated and confused older female patient since immediate post-operative status. She kept her firm but kind composure by giving her full attention and understanding. I believe there is no missed care as long as Jennifer is present for her patient by keeping her safe and her dignity maintained when if she is not herself in the acute phase of recovery from open heart surgery.”


Ludy Go, RN, Receives Daisy Award at SBMC

Ludy Go
Pictured, from left, are Stephen P. Zieniewicz, FACHE, President and CEO; Kimberly Rosales, RN, MSN, Nurse Manager, Family Centered Care; Ludy Go, RN, Daisy Award Winner; Jennifer O'Neill, DNP, APN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer; and Sheila Collier, MSN, RNC, Director of Maternal/Child Service.

Congratulations to the latest DAISY Award Winner, Ludy Go, RN, from Family Centered Care. The following was written by her nominator, a former patient:

“I am very grateful to Nurse Ludy who is not only funny but an expert in her field. My blood pressure was acting up and I was experiencing some intermittent headaches and Nurse Ludy identified my issues, getting the doctor involved swiftly. For that I am grateful. She is indeed an expert in caring for mothers and gave me a wealth of information on breastfeeding and managing pain, allowing me to walk and get myself back together. Ludy did an awesome job transitioning me from her care to another nurse’s care. As a result, the level of care remained stellar and smooth for the next two days. Both nurses knew my condition and reacted well to my blood pressure issues by using great common sense and compassion. My husband and I really walked away impressed by the level of care we received at Saint Barnabas. Great job with your staff training. Again, I am grateful to Nurse Ludy… a true compassionate professional.”

AUGUST 2018

Brian Jernick, RN, Receives Daisy Award at SBMC

Brian Jernick
Pictured, from left, are Jennifer O'Neill, DNP, APN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, Brian Jernick, RN, Daisy Award Winner; Lauren Story, MSN, RN, CCRN, Nurse Manager, Critical and Intensive Care Units; and Stephen P. Zieniewicz, FACHE, President and CEO.

Congratulations to the latest DAISY Award Winner, Brian Jernick, RN, from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The following was written by his nominator, a patient’s loved one:

“My wife was admitted at Saint Barnabas and was scheduled for a Craniotomy in the morning. She entered the recovery room at 12:07 pm and waited there until a bed was found in the ICU. That occurred around 6:20 pm. Enter Nurse Brian Jernick. In just 5 minutes we understood that Brian actually understood “I” means “Intensive”. He called Dr. Talbot, the neurosurgeon on call, who we knew well. Dr. Talbot and Brian took swift action. Brian was great at communicating—telling us what the short-term goals and the long-term goal was and in the process putting us at ease. We felt like we had been transported instantly to a hospital that cares. That realizes that it’s human interaction, attention and passion for what is being done. That matters. Brian probably couldn’t recite the mission statement, but he doesn’t have to. He lives it. He LOVES what he does, it shows. He managed two patients and did it with ease. Learning that my wife had never had brain surgery before. That she needed reassurance, and effective dialog. With Brian, we never had to worry about all that. Every time he came in, he checked the status of all the medications, IV drips, and asked about pain levels. That is beyond reassuring.

I wish to recommend Nurse Brian Jernick for the highest possible recognitions. His greatest skill is his humanity that manifests itself in his passion for what he does, and the people like my wife that come into his life. He’s humble, he’s an active listener, he’s a skilled nurse, and he is a great human. A man with heart, with an indomitable spirit, working long hours in a tough department. He never complained. He communicated with ease and with the effect of calming both my wife and I, who have never been in an ICU. Brian is the best representative of what an ICU nurse should be.”


Erin Poulsen, RN, Receives Daisy Award at SBMC

Erin Poulsen
Pictured, from left, are David Morrill BSN, RN,Nurse Manager, 4 West/Orthopedics; Erin Poulsen, RN, Daisy Award Winner; and Jennifer O'Neill, DNP, APN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer.

Congratulations to the latest DAISY Award Winner, Erin Poulsen, RN, 4 West/Orthopedics. The following was written by her nominator, a patient’s loved one: “Erin was one of my mom’s regular daytime nurses who showed exceptional compassion and care during her stay for a hip fracture. Erin was very attentive to my mom’s needs given that she had this extensive surgery for the first time and pain management was integral to her recovery. Erin had a great relationship with the attending physician and was able to ask and text her for the proper advice on how to best treat my mom’s pain. She was also able to coordinate with physical therapy so my mom’s pain treatment would allow her to actively participate in therapy activities. This is a great representation of putting the needs of patients first since avoiding any delays in patient treatment can make an extraordinary difference in their quality of recovery. She even visited my mom on her day off to show her encouragement and support. It truly helped lift my mom’s spirits to see her on a weekend.

Erin is a fine example of how being friendly, positive and connecting with the emotions of patients greatly helps alleviate the stress and concern my mom had about her future. Her polite and gentle mannerisms definitely allowed my mom to feel like she was truly being cared for with a personal and customized touch—she was not treated as just another patient in the hospital. Erin contacted my mom post-op to check on her progress and advised me on symptoms to watch out for while caring for her at home. I am extremely grateful for Erin’s kind attributes that have truly helped pivot my mom’s attitude towards how she looks at her recovery process. Even now, we often talk about her great persona and how she truly epitomizes what nursing is all about.”

SEPTEMBER 2018

Alyssa Fania, RN, Receives Daisy Award at SBMC

Alyssa Fania
Pictured, from left, are Jennifer O'Neill, DNP, APN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, Alyssa Fania, RN, Daisy Award Winner; and Leanne Sanabria, BSN, RN, Nursing Director of Medical/Surgical Services.

Congratulations to the latest DAISY Award Winner, Alyssa Fania, RN, 4West/Orthopedics. The following was written by Alyssa’s nominator, a patient’s daughter:

“Alyssa talked with my mom, visited us at least every hour, adjusted my mom’s oxygen mask, fixed her hair, blankets and pillows and was always asking if there was anything she could do for us. The care and attention she provided my mother was more compassionate than I ever could have imagined and more than I ever would ask for. To say Alyssa lived up to the Nursing Department’s mission, “To promote the health and well-being in our community through compassionate nursing care” is an understatement. Alyssa made an unbearable, heartbreaking situation the best it could have been—taking on more responsibility without being asked to do so. Her compassion was heartfelt and comforting. The kindness to my family in our greatest time of need will never be forgotten. Thank you for all that you do from the bottom of my heart.”


Joanna Chin, RN, Receives Daisy Award at SBMC

Joanna Chin
Joanna Chin, RN, BSN, CNN, Daisy Award Winner, is pictured with her Hemodialysis colleagues, along with (from left) Jovita Bautista-Hofilena, BSN; Lynne Mahoney, BSN, Nurse Manager; Jennifer O'Neill, DNP, APN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer; Barbara Larson, BSN; Maria A Brilhante, MSN, FNP-BC, CMSRN, Director Nursing, Patient Care Services; Aster Avanzado, BSN; Josie Concejo, BSN; and Maria Sarabia, PCT.

Congratulations to the latest DAISY Award Winner, Joanna Chin, RN, Hemodialysis. The following was written by Joanna’s nominator, a pediatric patient’s mother:

“A Sliding Light”

This is my dialysis nurse named Joanna

She’s my son’s caregiver

A buddy, a pal

Helping the sick in every which way

With great compassion my son must say

Like us someday, she will be a memory

Ok, but what a memory she will be!

Thank you so much for caring for my son while he was in ICU. Your cleanliness as you hand sanitized numerous times made me feel good about your care for my son. Your warm smile and care make you stand out above all nurses. Thank you.

OCTOBER 2018

Ashley Wales, RN, Receives Daisy Award at SBMC

Ashley Wales
Pictured, from left, are Leanne Sanabria, BSN, RN, Nursing Director of Medical/Surgical Services; Ashley Wales, RN, Daisy Award Winner; Jennifer O'Neill, DNP, APN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer; David Morrill BSN, RN,Nurse Manager, 4 West/Orthopedics; and Stephen P. Zieniewicz, FACHE, President and CEO.

Congratulations to the latest DAISY Award Winner, Ashley Wales, RN, 4West/Orthopedics. The following was written by her nominator:

“My son is a patient on the orthopedic unit and he is 25 years old with Autism. We had the SNAP people come to visit with us but no one came close to treating him with as much respect and dignity as Ashley did. Ashley treated my son just as she would have treated any other 25-year-old. If she recognized that he did not understand what she was asking, she would rephrase it in such a way that he did understand. Ashley anticipated when he would or might be having pain and relieved my biggest fears about him being in pain.

Ashley not only cared for my son, but also my husband and me. She made sure we took time away to eat and this was so much easier knowing she was watching over him. Ashley is very knowledgeable, answered all of our questions and if an issue arose, she called the doctor promptly to resolve it.

As a nurse of 39 years myself, it makes me so proud to see such a young nurse go above and beyond especially in a situation with someone with special needs. That is not always easy for many people to do. Her compassion and caring makes her an outstanding nurse and I believe she should be recognized for the outstanding job she did taking care of our son. She makes me proud to be a nurse!!”


Kristine Strelec, RN, Receives Daisy Award at SBMC

Kristine Strelec
Pictured, from left, are Maggie Lundberg, MPA, RN,CCRN, Director of Cardiac, Critical Care and Wound Care Services; Erin Parvin, MBA, RN, PCCN, Nurse Manager, 2400; Kristine Strelec, RN, Daisy Award Winner; Jennifer O'Neill, DNP, APN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer; David Morrill BSN, RN,Nurse Manager, 4 West/Orthopedics; and Stephen P. Zieniewicz, FACHE, President and CEO.

Congratulations to the latest DAISY Award Winner, Kristine Strelec, RN, 2400/Cardio-Thoracic Step-Down. The following was written by her nominator:

“It has been months since my mom passed at Saint Barnabas. There is a nurse that really embodies the true fighter and kind spirit that was my mom. I want to nominate Kristine. She is a 2400 floor nurse that helped us more than she probably knows in Mom’s last days.

Mom’s veins were giving up, her heart raced and the rapid response team, Assistant Nurse Manager of CCU and Kristine raced to get a line as Mom grew more anxious. Literally climbing on top of her—one, two, three and then, four nurses worked feverishly to grab a working vein. Kristine was Mom’s primary nurse but also the head for the unit that day. She came back so many times to just peek her head in and check on Mom after things were stable again. She came in, grabbed my Mom’s face, and rested her forehead on Mom’s. She whispered to her that she’s not going anywhere. She fought for my Mom and gave our family another day of smiles with her.

Mom doesn’t like the fuss but she let me stay by her side that night. Kristine warned me there was a snowstorm coming; she knew I had over a 1.5 hour ride home. Seeing that I was not going anywhere, she grabbed a pillow for me. There were so many times during those 18 days that several nurses and patient care techs stopped back to check on Mom. Kristine was definitely one of them. Such a truly kind person and an amazing nurse! She quickly identified that something was off and took the necessary steps to minimize harm. Please consider Kristine for a DAISY award. It will be the most appropriate birthday gift for my Mom’s memory.”