Saint Michael's Medical Center Nurse Educator Receives DAISY Award
(Pictured from left to right) Marie DeSimone, RN, Teresita Gasataya, RN,
Johanna Magner, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer, SMMC, DAISY Award
recipient Cindy Tooley-Pierce, RN, BSN, Joan Florczyk, RN, Kimberly Kroener,
and Stephanie McKeown, RN
Newark, NJ—In celebration of National Nurses Week (May 5-9, 2014), Saint Michael’s
Medical Center (SMMC) hosted the DAISY Awards—a peer-elected award
program. The DAISY (an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System)
Foundation was started in Glen Allen, Calif., by family members of J.
Patrick Barnes, who died from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic
Purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. As
a way of thanking Barnes’s nurses, his family established the award
program to recognize “the super-human efforts nurses everywhere
perform every day.”
The award went to nursing educator, Cindy Tooley-Pierce, RN, BSN. As nursing
educator, Cindy plays a vital role in educating and training new nurses
and the advancement of experienced nurses through continuing education.
Cindy shares her expertise both in the classroom, as well in the clinical
setting—even lending support to nurses and patients right at the bedside.
With 33 years of nursing experience, Cindy’s guidance and knowledge
made her the perfect choice by her peers for this award. “I can’t
think of a better person to receive the DAISY Award,” read one peer’s
nomination. “Cindy provided me with motivation, direction and inspiration
that I will never forget.”
The DAISY Award ceremony, held before colleagues, honored Cindy with the
"Extraordinary Nurse" certificate, which reads: "In deep
appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful
difference you make in the lives of so many people." Cindy also received
a DAISY Award pin, a hand-carved serpentine stone sculpture, entitled
"A Healer's Touch,” and of course, daisies.
“Cindy is always gracious and flexible with her talents and skills,”
said Johanna Magner, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer, SMMC. “Her
care and compassion for patients, families and her colleagues serves as
a prime example of the outstanding nursing that takes place at Saint Michael’s
To read more about the DAISY award, please visit
Established by the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor in 1867, Saint Michael’s
Medical Center is a 357-bed regional tertiary-care, teaching, and research
center in the heart of Newark’s business and educational district.
Saint Michael’s Medical Center is currently a member of CHE-Trinity
Health. More information is available atwww.smmcnj.org.
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