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Jefferson Washington Township Hospital ICU Nurse Linda McAllister Receives DAISY Award for Extraordinary Care

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Jefferson Washington Township Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurse Linda McAllister, BSN, RN, shown right, was honored with a 2020 first quarter DAISY Award for compassionate and skillful care. Jefferson New Jersey Chief Nursing Officer Helene Burns, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, made the presentation to McAllister at the hospital on June 3.

Part of an international program, DAISY honorees are nominated by patients, family members, and colleagues for demonstrating excellence through clinical expertise, extraordinary compassionate care, and a high level of professionalism.

A resident of Sewell, NJ, McAllister was nominated for her extraordinary care of a man who - when accompanying his girlfriend to the hospital for a surgical procedure in January 2020 - collapsed due to what was later determined to be a pulmonary embolism. McAllister was praised for bringing a “sense of calm to a terrifying and emotionally charged situation.”

“I truly don’t know what we would have done without Linda,” the nominator wrote. “The level of care she brought was the best I have ever seen, even in an ICU setting. To us, she was a breath of fresh air.”

DAISY Award winners are chosen following a review of nominations by the 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 auto-immune 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 their patients and patients’ families. For more information about the DAISY Award, visit www.DAISYfoundation.org.

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