RARITAN TWP., NJ - Danielle Erickson, BSN, RN, a nurse on the 5 South inpatient unit at Hunterdon Medical Center, has received HMC’s first DAISY Award, after her nomination was submitted by a patient’s family.  

Hunterdon Healthcare System – HMC’s corporate parent - launched the international nurse recognition program in May. It’s part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the clinical skill and the compassion nurses provide to patients and families every day. 

Erickson’s honor followed her work with a young patient with anorexia. She spent hours helping him understand the importance of food and the nutrients needed to help keep his vitals safe.  

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Erickson’s support and encouragement helped the patient order items from the menu such as eggs and chicken, that he would not normally eat.

The patient was still fearful of food and Erickson understood this.

“Danielle not only touched my son's life, she touched mine as well,” said the patient’s mom. “Danielle Erickson is an outstanding nurse. She needs to be recognized for her love of her job, patients, and families. I cannot thank Danielle enough for everything she has done as a nurse, but I will always think of her as an angel.”

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. He died at the age of 33, but the care he and his family received from nurses inspired the award.

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses has been adopted by 3,500 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing in all 50 states and 21 other countries, committed to honoring their nurses for their extraordinary care and compassion. 

To nominate a nurse that works for HMC or to learn more, visit the website.