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Congratulations to DAISY Award Honoree Rita Joerger

On July 17, 2012, Rita Joerger, RN, was presented with The DAISY Award honoring her care and compassion for a 3-year-old patient and his mother during his stay in the PICU in St. Paul.



Nominated by the child’s mother, Rita’s nomination read, in part, My son had surgery on his spinal cord and was in the PICU for 4 nights. I was lucky enough to have a sleep room but I was reluctant to leave him through the night. Rita re-assured me she would call if he got scared or needed me. I felt confident he was in good hands after watching her with him throughout her shifts. She was so kind and loving in the way she handled, cared for and spoke to him. She called him ‘angel’ and ‘love’ and really put us both at ease.”

Rita Joeger, RN,
PICU – St. Paul


As part of her recognition, Rita received the hand-carved “Healer’s Touch” sculpture, along with a special DAISY pin. The DAISY Foundation also supplied treats from Cinnabons to share with colleagues on the unit in celebration of the entire team.

About the DAISY award
The DAISY award was initiated by the DAISY Foundation in 1999 in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 from complications of ITP, an autoimmune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique way of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of patients and families.

How to nominate a nurse

Families and co-workers are encouraged to make nominations. Nomination forms can be found on patient care units and on the Nurse Web. We encourage you to nominate a nurse who shows compassionate care and extraordinary clinical skills with their patients for this national award.

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