A nurse who has worked for Saint Michael’s Medical Center for the last decade was honored with the DAISY Foundation's Daisy Award, which honors the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day.
Shanta Carter of East Orange, who works on the hospital’s A7 nursing unit, was described as a true patient advocate by her manager.
“Shanta exemplifies the nursing values of knowledge and compassion,” said Joan Florczyk, a nurse manager at the hospital. “Shanta is a wonderful resource to all staff members – especially new staff. Her patient and calm manner makes her easily approachable. She is a good leader/charge nurse and she encourages teamwork to balance the workload.”
Florczyk said Carter was also an excellent preceptor – an experienced and competent nurse who serves as a role model and point person to newly employed staff nurses, student nurses, and new graduate nurses.
“I’m very honored to receive this award,” Carter said. “It’s easy to come to work because I really enjoy everybody I work with. It’s my family.”
Carter received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Bloomfield College and is working on her master’s degree from Walden University. She is an Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN), a Progressive Care Certified Nurse (PCCN) and an Academy of Medical/Surgical Nurse (AMSN).
Prior to joining Saint Michael’s in 2008, Carter worked at St. James Hospital in Newark’s Ironbound.
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.
The DAISY Award ceremony, held before colleagues, honored Carter 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."
Carter also received a DAISY Award pin, a hand-carved serpentine stone sculpture, entitled "A Healer's Touch,” and of course, daisies.