From L-R: CNO Nancy Flora-Bisco, Joann Sigall and Cindy Tooley-Pierce, RN
A Saint Michael’s Medical Center nurse supervisor with more than
four decades of experience was honored with the DAISY Foundation's
Daisy Award, which honors the super-human work nurses do for patients
and families every day.
Joann Sigall of Bloomfield, who has worked at Saint Michael’s since
2008, was recognized for her ability to balance the numerous challenges
that face nursing leaders.
“She works tirelessly night after night troubleshooting and directing
the multidisciplinary team,” said Nancy Bisco-Flora, the chief nursing
officer at Saint Michael’s. “When there are issues, she remains
on duty until they are resolved. She continuously shows compassion and
caring to our patients and staff.”
After graduating from Seton Hall University, Sigall joined the staff of
St. James in Newark in 1978 and worked there until it closed in 2008.
At Saint Michael’s, she is the night nurse supervisor for the hospital.
“The shining light that represents her dedication and compassion
during her 41 years of service shines as bright today as it did the first
day that she became a nurse,” Bisco-Flora said.
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 Sigall 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."
Sigall 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.