Barnes-Jewish Hospital nurses are honored for making a difference

Daisy Award RecipientsNurses often make a difference in a patient’s life without even knowing the impact. They work to maintain the physical health of others and are valued for their hard work, knowledge and commitment. This is why nurses are honored with the Daisy Award throughout the year at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

The Daisy Award is a national award program in which honorees personify Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s remarkable patient experience. These nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary, compassionate care, and are recognized as outstanding role models in the nursing community.

Awards winners are honored quarterly at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. The most recent awards were given to:

  • Angie Fowler, RN, staff nurse, was recognized for providing excellent care during her orientation period. In addition to this nomination, Fowler has also been recognized by patients in call-backs to patients after they leave the hospital for displaying excellent character. “Fowler understands the core values in taking exceptional care of patients,” says Elizabeth Cotton, RN, BSN, clinical nurse manager.
  • Melissa Gerst, BSN, RN, lead charge nurse, was recognized for helping a patient’s wife feel comfortable at the hospital while her husband was treated. Gerst found a room with a bed for the patient’s wife so she would have a comfortable place to stay while her husband was in the hospital. “She thought outside the box and provided a safe environment for both the patient and his wife,” says Jody Gordon, RN, BSN, MS, nurse manager.
  • Terri Madison, RN, staff nurse, was recognized for being an outstanding nurse with a special finesse for nursing that has a great impact on each of her patients. “Her patients are drawn to her caring spirit, compassionate presence and bubbly personality. She has the ability to convince the patients to make the best decisions about their care, and is a valuable member of the team,” says Cotton.
  • Jonathan Stayton, RN, staff nurse, was recognized for being an asset to his nursing unit. After being nominated by six employees, Stayton was one of the recipients of the 2012 Excellence in Precepting Award at the annual Nursing Awards and Recognition Ceremony during Nurses Week each May. “His unique charm and experience contributes to the success of the team,” says Cotton.


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Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center is the largest hospital in Missouri and the largest private employer in the St. Louis region. An affiliated teaching hospital of Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital has a 1,800 member medical staff with many who are recognized as "Best Doctors in America." They are supported by residents, interns and fellows, in addition to nurses, technicians and other health-care professionals.

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