Northeast Region Ambassadors

  • To be Nationally recognized for doing a job that I love was such a great honor. As a fairly new nurse, I had only been working in traumatic brain injury for a little over a year when I was presented with The DAISY Award. The opportunity to be a part of a patient's recovery after brain trauma is truly a humbling experience-witnessing patients achieve the impossible everyday is extremely motivational and inspires passion in my nursing practice. 
    The DAISY Award is a way to recognize exceptional people in the nursing field. This fosters a positive morale and creates standards of excellence for others to follow. It is easy to follow a nursing leader that is passionate about their practice-it inspires vision, motivates team members, creates unity, and is very contagious!

    Karen Hyden
    Beaumont Hospital-Dearborn
    DAISY Nurse Honoree
    Beaumont Hospital - Dearborn
  • Look in the mirror every day to reflect on the person you are in life!

    Renee Kramer
    Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center
    DAISY Nurse Honoree
  • The DAISY Award provides the means for a patient, family, visitor, staff member, or anyone in the hospital setting to recognize a nurse for their extraordinary care. Every day, I work with nurses who always think that they are "Just doing my job," however their efforts leave a long standing impression on someone in need. This award empowers our nurses and lets them know that their efforts do not go unnoticed or unappreciated. This award has been a blessing to our hospital and I look forward to seeing it evolve through the years.

    Shelby Sloan
    Community Hospital Anderson
    ICU Clinical Manager / DAISY Coordinator
  • DAISY is the most well-run Nurse Recognition Program available.  The mission of DAISY brings J. Patrick Barnes to life for everyone.  It is an honor to be associated with the vision and passion for recognition of nursing that is DAISY.  The tears we shed when we read the story are turned to huge smiles as we follow the DAISY program and spread the gift of recognition.  

    Carlene Enama
    Ascension Wisconsin
    DAISY Coordinator
  • I am a patient advocate first and foremost. It was humbling and special to be honored by my patients. It is very rewarding to be able to be a positive influence in someone's life.

    Debbie Zahren Edwards
    Pentec Healthcare
    DAISY Nurse Honoree
  • Being a DAISY Awardee is an awesome and unforgettable experience. It felt like receiving my “Emmy Award” in the nursing profession. This is a re-affirmation of my commitment to providing excellent care full of kindness and compassion to my patients and families. Being recognized for going above and beyond, for being an inspiration for what I perceive as ordinary work is extraordinary and truly beyond words. I wear the DAISY pins everyday with pride and honor. It reminds me that I am not just a nurse, but an extraordinary one.

    Melody Cubas
    Mount Sinai Hospital
    Clinical Nurse
  • It is truly an honor to co-lead the DAISY Award committee. I love sharing the presentation story of Mr. Patrick Barnes and his family’s appreciation for the compassion and care of nurses. We make sure that the Honoree is surprised and I can’t tell you how much joy it is to see the expression of shock and tears of the Honoree at hearing they received this reward. It is my pleasure to participate in recognizing the extraordinary care and rewarding work of nurses here at the Erie VA Medical Center. Thank You DAISY Foundation for the DAISY Award Program and opportunity to be able to provide a little “happy” moment for our nurses!

    Kimberly Barnes
    Erie VA Medical Center
    DAISY Coordinator
  • So blessed that when God designed the plans for my life that he decided that I would be a DAISY Nurse Leader Honoree representing love and excellence for all.

    Deborah Ayres-Harding
    Christiana Care Health System
    DAISY Nurse Leader Honoree
  • As a DAISY Coordinator, I make our ceremonies extra special by providing each DAISY Honoree with their own personalized needlework bookmark for all three hospitals: Bridgton Hospital, Central Maine Healthcare, and Rumford Hospital.
    I have been nationally recognized by the DAISY Foundation through their Pinterest page for my bookmarks.
    It is my extreme pleasure to show our hospital's appreciation for each and every DAISY Honoree in this special gift. It touches my heart and is very rewarding.
    Honorees have expressed their sincere thanks and gratefulness for their personalized bookmark.
    It gives me immense joy to be part of such an amazing program honoring nurses through the DAISY Foundation. This has truly become my passion!

    Paula Cox
    Bridgton Hospital
    DAISY Coordinator
  • “As a DAISY Coordinator it is an honor to help recognize the important work our nurses do each day, and the way they individually touch the lives of our patients' and their families.”

    Karen Delorenzo, RN, MSN, CHCR
    Director Nursing Recruitment & Retention
    DAISY Coordinator
    NYU Langone Hospital
  • "I first learned of DAISY when I was working in the NICU at Inova FFX Hospital. I remember feeling overwhelmed, and rather impressed that a national organization awarded nurses for doing what just comes natural. Compassion, for without it, one might not consider nursing as a profession. DAISY awards fill the proverbial 'empty tank' that often comes with endless hours of caring for patients. MANY years later, I was privileged to work in an organization that started the Magnet Journey. It was at my first conference I saw that oh so familiar DAISY logo, and once again my heartstrings were pulling. "Wow" I said to myself, I love that flower award! Gratefully, my CNE was more than happy to have me bring DAISY to our organization, which is a Planetree designated facility, which mirrors DAISY efforts.

    Three years later, I watched the faces of the directors, senior management, and the nurses that are honored with this award. There are really no words to express how it feels to be recognized by leadership for what they thought was "their job". I could go on about DAISY endlessly, but I am sure this little text box will eventually stop me, so I will end with this........for me, caring for patients with skill and compassion is my honor, not my job, but knowing DAISY exists gives me an opportunity to realize that what we do is 'Super Human"

    Dianna Fanning, RN
    DAISY Coordinator
    Novant Health Haymarket Medical Center
  • Winning the DAISY Award truly was a defining moment in my nursing career.

    Helen Haddick
    PinnacleHealth System
    DAISY Nurse Honoree
    PinnacleHealth System
  • “Every awarding of the DAISY is special. I most enjoy the symbolism and global connection with the Healer's touch.”

    Rosemary Hoffman, RN
    Clinical Nursing Specialist -OBS
    DAISY Coordinator
    Elmhurst Hospital Center
  • “I love having the tools and resources that DAISY gives me to recognize the extraordinary care that the nurses at Rutland Regional provide.”

    Jody Lester, BSN
    Manager of Nursing Excellence and Magnet Program Coordinator
    DAISY Coordinator
    Rutland Regional Medical Center
  • Being recognized as a DAISY Award honoree is a great accomplishment in the life of a nurse.

    Beena Maret
    Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey
    MSN-Nurse Educator
    Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey
  • I'm so grateful and full of joy for the DAISY Award!  Being a nurse is my passion and to care for others is so rewarding.  I have my Award Portfolio and Healing Hand Sculpture on my Cocktail table and I wear my pin and button on my Favorite Scrub Jacket.  I'm really hoping I can be a service to the foundation!!

    Pamela Martin
    Mercy LIFE
    Geriatric LPN at the PACE Life Center
  • Receiving my DAISY Award was such a humbling experience. I was absolutely shocked and speechless! I was born to be a nurse and nursing is my passion. To be honored by patients and families, as well as celebrated by administration and colleagues is an extraordinary experience! I had the ability to thank Mark and Bonnie Barnes in person at an ANCC Conference which is one of the highlights of my career. To be parents that turn their deepest loss into a positive experience honoring nurses internationally speaks volumes for the type of people they are. I am honored to be part of the DAISY family.

    Deborah Matthews
    DAISY Nurse Honoree
    Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters
  • Helping to bring the DAISY Award Program to my institution has been one of the highlights of my time on the Professional Nurse Council. I feel so blessed to have been a part of the recognition and celebration of so many of my colleagues and the extraordinary work they do everyday. The winners of the DAISY Award are truly an inspiration to their colleagues, their patients and families, their managers, and to myself. Watching the connections between nurse and patient/family while at the DAISY Award Presentation is so humbling and rewarding, it really is what the profession is all about. I love connecting the nurse and the patient once again and knowing that I have helped facilitate and create this special moment for them. Thank you DAISY Award Foundation!

    Christopher Otto
    Christiana Care Health System
    DAISY Coordinator - Chair, Professional Nurse Council
  • “I am proud to be a DAISY Honoree because it is validation of the work I do every day, work that sometimes goes unnoticed.”

    Ellen Pateman, MSN, RN, CNL
    DAISY Nurse Honoree
    Saint Clare's Hospital
  • “To me The DAISY Award is the most significant award granted to a nurse. It is the one recognition that exemplifies the true meaning of nursing which cannot be measured by technical skill or by formal education but by the true essence of nursing, the "thing" that makes a nurse so special, the reasons why a person decides to become a nurse the "thing" you cannot identify but you can feel.”

    Donna Sherrill, RN, BSN, MM, NE-BC
    Director of Maternal Child Health
    Former DAISY Coordinator
    Winchester Hospital