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2019 DAISY Award winner honored for exceptional nursing care

2019 DAISY Award winner honored for exceptional nursing care

Cedric Objero, RN, was honored for the exceptional care he provides patients and families at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California as the recipient of the 2019 DAISY Award. The annual award recognizes nurses who go over and above their day-to-day responsibilities to make a positive difference. Objero provides inpatient care to children recovering from surgery and life-threatening burns. Nurse manager Robyn Bartlett, RN, presented Objero with the award at a luncheon attended by his colleagues on Oct. 7.

“He is a "fan favorite" – staff, doctors, patients love him,” said Bartlett. Objero has worked at the Northern California Shriners Hospital since April 2005. He describes his work as “making sure patients are comfortable, safe, happy and educated.”

DAISY Award nominations submitted by patients, parents, students and staff praise Objero for the kindness, humor and focus he brings to the job each day. Here are three examples: one from a nursing student, one from a parent and one from a colleague.

A nursing student from California State University, Sacramento wrote: “I just wanted to thank you for being such an awesome nurse and taking care of me. You made my stay in the ICU so much easier with your humor and kindness! I’m now a Sac State nursing student and always tell people the impact you had on me during my stay. This is cliché, but I hope to one day be as awesome of a nurse as you were to me! Thank you again for everything!”

A grateful parent wrote: “Cedric has been a miracle worker for my son, Eli. As a parent, you want to make sure your child has everything, especially when they are in pain. There were things I couldn’t do but Cedric did. He contacted doctors to get medications when needed, contacted other departments to coordinate with Eli’s needs, and, most importantly, was interested in Eli’s well-being and made huge efforts to make him feel loved and comfortable.”

A nursing colleague wrote: “When Cedric arrives to work, he has the right attitude; patient care comes first. When he covers as team leader and has many administrative duties, he always prioritizes his patients first on his long list of many responsibilities. In addition, Cedric presents to his patients and all he comes into contact with on the unit with sincerity, compassion, warmth and humor. He is always smiling; he is always calm.”

About the DAISY Award

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. It is the name of a foundation established by a family in memory of their son, Patrick Barnes, who died of an immune system disease. The DAISY Award was established to recognize the compassionate care Patrick received during his illness. More than 500 health care organizations are committed to honoring their nurses with the DAISY Award, which is presented in collaboration with the American Organization of Nurse Executives and supported by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program.

Cedric with other staff member