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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick Healthcare Heros

When the World Health Organization (WHO) designated 2020 as The Year of the Nurse and Midwife in honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, no one could have predicted it would coincide with the unprecedented global pandemic, COVID-19. Now, more than ever, 2020 has brought into focus just how integral the role of the nurse is to our society.

While our lives have changed, the resilience and dedication displayed by nurses across the globe, has not. The world has depended upon nurses for their ability to combine and balance technical expertise with the highest level of compassion. That balance allows nurses to adapt to change and work under immense pressure, while guiding their patients to achieve their health care goals. Our healthcare heroes have bared the brunt of fighting this pandemic. Their willingness to risk their lives every day to save others is not just part of their job description but part of their DNA. The nurses at Robertwood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick work around the clock to make sure that their patients receive the utmost care they deserve. And when hospitals made the tough decision to restrict all visitors, it was the nurses who stepped in to provide the human connection that patients need to help them heal and come out of this pandemic stronger than ever.

In honor of the amazing nurses at Robertwood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, the Daisy Award has been awarded to them for the past 20 years. An acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, The DAISYFoundation was created in November, 1999, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications from Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). The exceptional nursing care that Patrick received while hospitalized profoundly touched his loved ones. The award is a serpentine stone sculpture which is hand-carved by artists in the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. The sculpture is especially meaningful because of the sincere respect that the Shona people have towards their traditional healers. Shona healers are affectionately regarded as treasures by those they care for, and the well-being and safety of the healer is of community-wide importance. By sculpting this award, they pay tribute to our men and women across the Atlantic who possess the same exceptional qualities as their healers at home. 

Proceeds from the sale of these bracelets will be used toward the purchase of this beautiful sculpture that will be on display at the hospital.


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