Nurse Dina Zdon, manager of same-day surgery, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, endoscopy and infusion at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital, was recently honored with a DAISY Team Leader Award for Extraordinary Nurses. In addition, Maxine Schneidt, an environmental services housekeeping attendant at the hospital, was presented with a BEE Award for excellence in supporting nursing care.
Zdon, a 29-year Jefferson Health employee and resident of Bellmawr, was nominated by a colleague for helping lessen their anxiety during a challenging day. Schneidt, of Pleasantville, was nominated for continually going out of her way to ensure her nursing colleagues’ work environment is clean and well-maintained.
DAISY and BEE honorees are nominated by patients, visitors, family members, nurses, physicians and other colleagues. Part of an international program, DAISY awards are bestowed to nurses who make a profound difference in the lives of patients and patients’ families. BEE honorees, meanwhile, are non-nursing employees who work alongside clinical nurses to improve the patient experience. Winners are chosen following a review of nominations by Jefferson’s Clinical Recognition Committee in New Jersey.
The nonprofit DAISY Foundation was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died in late 1999 from complications of an autoimmune disease. The care Barnes 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 their patients and patients’ families.