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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 an unprecedented global pandemic, COVID-19. Now, more than ever, 2020 has brought into focus just how important nurses truly are.

While our lives have changed, the resilience and resolve 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 pressure, while guiding the patient to achieve their health care goals. Our healthcare heros have bared the brunt of fighting this pandemic. They're 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 and doctors at Robertwood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick work tirelessly 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, the nurses stepped in to provide the human connection that patients need to help them heal.

In honor of the amazing nurses at Robertwood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, the Daisy award has been given to the amazing team for the past 20 years. An acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, The DAISYFoundation was formed in November, 1999, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). The nursing care Patrick received when hospitalized profoundly touched his family. The award is a hand held serpentine stone sculpture which is  hand-carved  by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. The sculptures are especially meaningful because of the profound respect the Shona people pay 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.

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

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