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3 Jefferson Health New Jersey Nurses Honored with DAISY Awards for Extraordinary Nursing

November 12, 2019

Three Jefferson Health New Jersey Nurses were recently honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, as part of the International DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize highly-valued nurses who go “above and beyond” for their healthcare systems, and most importantly, their patients.

Every day, around the world, a DAISY Award winner is named. The non-profit DAISY Foundation was established 20 years ago, in memory of then-33-year-old J. Patrick Barnes, who died from complications of an auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique way of thanking nurses everywhere for making a profound difference.

Jefferson Health New Jersey’s DAISY Award winners are:

  • Jennifer Roach, RN, of Berlin, NJ: ACE Unit, Jefferson Stratford Hospital
  • Judith Harrison, RN, BSN, of Sewell, NJ: SDS/GI/Endo, Jefferson Washington Township Hospital
  • Ann Riedinger, RN, RN-BC, of Blackwood, NJ: West Pavilion Behavioral Health, Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital

“The work of nurses has a rippling effect. What we do makes a huge difference to so many people,” said Helene Burns, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Jefferson NJ Chief Nurse Executive. “We are proud participants of the DAISY Award program. It signifies something truly special, and has had a positive impact on our nursing culture, as we continue to improve lives every day.”

Roach, like many other DAISY honorees, was grateful to be recognized, but assured she’s just doing her job. “It’s a group effort. I’m only as good as my team members and those who support me. This hospital is family, and we treat our patients like family,” said the 29-year employee.

Harrison, who has also worked for Jefferson NJ, then-Kennedy, for more than 20 years, was nominated by a grateful cancer patient. “I’m overwhelmed. It’s such an honor to work here and take care of chemo patients. I still have a lot to give at 67-years-old. I’m not retiring any time soon, because I can still make a difference. When a patient hugs me, I know I did my job.”

"I am humbled to recieve this award, knowing I made a difference in the lives of my patients," said Riedinger, 15-year employee. "I love working here. We always work together as a team in caring for our patients and each other. That means everything." 

Nurses are nominated for DAISY Awards by current and past patients (or their family members), physicians, nurses, or other Jefferson Health New Jersey personnel for demonstrating excellence through clinical expertise, extraordinary compassionate care, and a high-level of professionalism. Nominations are reviewed by the Recognition Committee.

DAISY honorees receive an “Extraordinary Nurse” certificate; DAISY pin; a unique, hand-carved sculpture from Zimbabwe, which represents how vital “A Healer’s Touch” is; and Cinnabon® Rolls – one of Patrick’s favorite snacks. For more information about the DAISY Award, visit www.DAISYfoundation.org.