An emergency room nurse at Saint Michael’s Medical Center was honored
with the DAISY Foundation's Daisy Award, which honors the super-human
work nurses do for patients and families every day.
Elizabeth Varghese of Woodbridge, who has worked as a nurse at Saint Michael’s
for the last 12 years, was described by colleagues as caring, skilled,
passionate and a team player.
"She has always gone above and beyond her duty within the emergency
room," said Nikita Bharatia, a physician who works in the Emergency
Department. "She strives towards providing great patient care and
is always willing to assist her fellow nurses. I have witnessed first-hand
her moving from room-to-room offering a helping hand for any tasks yet
fulfilled. She is unselfish and unwavering. Her mere presence within the
ER exudes an aura of joy, comfort and hope."
Dr. Sam Mathews, an attending who also works in the Emergency Department,
said Varghese is professional and well composed.
“Elizabeth is efficient and displays solid communication skills with
both patients and physicians,” Mathews said. “Whenever I begin
a shift and know Elizabeth is working, I look forward to the remaining
12 hours knowing she will be working to the best of her ability.”
Varghese attended nursing school in India and came to the United States
on a visa sponsored by Saint Michael’s. She originally worked as
an oncology nurse, but switched to the emergency room.
“I feel very proud to be a nurse,” Varghese said. “Nursing
is my passion. It’s is more than a profession. I love my work.”
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
The DAISY Award ceremony, held before colleagues, honored Varghese 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."
Varghese also received a DAISY Award pin, a hand-carved serpentine stone
sculpture, entitled "A Healer's Touch,” and of course, daisies.
To read more about the DAISY award, please visit www.DAISYfoundation.org.
The Emergency Department Saint Michael's has among the lowest wait
times in the Greater Newark area and recently opened a Fast Track unit
for patients who have minor injuries or illnesses. Saint Michael's
was purchased in May 2016 by Prime Healthcare, which has invested more
than $20 million to upgrade and modernize the hospital.