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Saint Michael's Medical Center Nurse Educator Receives DAISY Award

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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 Medical Center.”

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 at


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