RARITAN TWP., NJ – A Hunterdon Medical Center nurse – who is also a Marine – has been awarded for his care of a dying man and his family.

Sean Lyon, a registered Nurse who lives in Clinton Township and works in HMC’s 3 West inpatient unit, has been recognized with the Daisy Award.

Hunterdon Healthcare launched the international Daisy nurse recognition program in May. Lyon received three nominations by patients and their families who thought he was most deserving of this award.

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“Sean was one of my husband’s nurses during the last few weeks of his life,” wrote the wife of one patient. “Although all of the people who cared for him during this sad and sometimes painful time were wonderful, Sean was probably my husband’s favorite.

“Along with his sense of caring and duty, he also had a sense of humor, that eased things for both of us and we enjoyed talking to Sean … Sean brought a unique perspective to nursing probably from his tours of duty in Afghanistan and when something went wrong, Sean had the ‘can-do’ approach of a Marine and always took the extra steps to fix the problems.”

Shortly before her husband died, Lyons was administering a morphine drip to him.

“Sean and a student were putting it in when I noticed my husband Doug stopped breathing,” Doug’s wife wrote. “Sean noticed it and did what he needed to and what was necessary to confirm it.

“Then he came over to me and knelt down next to me and said, ‘He’s gone.' Sean gave me a hug and allowed me to cry my heart out on his shoulder. Sean assisted me in helping to call the funeral home.

“To this day, whenever I see Sean, he gives me a big hug. He was on that sad day and is to this day, wonderfully supportive. He is an extraordinary nurse.”

The not-for-profit Daisy Foundation was established by family members of a patient who died at age of 33, but were inspired to thank nurses “for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patients’ families.”

To nominate a nurse that works for Hunterdon Healthcare System or to learn more, visit hunterdonhealthcare.org/daisy-award.