A nurse who has worked for Saint Michael’s Medical Center for more
than 26 years was honored with the DAISY Foundation's Daisy Award,
which honors the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day
Honorata “Nori” Reyes of Union, who works in the hospital’s
same-day surgery department, was described as a role model and a team
player by her supervisors.
“Nori has a deep passion for the nursing profession and upholds excellence
in standards of practice,” said Marie DeSimone, director of nursing
at the hospital. “Sometimes it's not the outstanding event that
makes a nurse stand out, but the daily consistent work they do every day
that makes it seem so ordinary that it rarely gets acknowledged. Nori
Reyes is that nurse.”
DeSimone said difficult IVs are her specialty.
“One attempt and it’s done, which brings relief to already
anxious patients,” DeSimone said.
Reyes, who was born and educated in the Philippines, left her native country
to work as a nurse in Vienna, Austria. Reyes said her sister was living
in Germany at the time, so she followed her to Europe. She spent five
years in Vienna, where she became fluent in German.
She came to the United States to join her husband, who had been working
at Saint Michael’s. He retired three years ago after working for
28 years at the hospital. Reyes and her husband have two grown boys, one
who is a interior designer and the other a professional dancer.
Winning awards is nothing new to Reyes. She has previously been named nurse
of the year when she worked in ambulatory care and received the Humanitarian
of the Year Award from the Hemophilia Association of New Jersey when she
was a hematology nurse. But Reyes said she was pleasantly surprised to
be selected for the Daisy Award.
“I really didn’t expect it,” Reyes said. “I do
this for my patients and for the hospital.”
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 Reyes 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."
Reyes also received a DAISY Award pin, a hand-carved serpentine stone sculpture,
entitled "A Healer's Touch,” and of course, daisies.