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White Plains Nurse's Bedside Manner Goes Long Way

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Mary Jean Soriano of White Plains received a DAISY Award for her quality patient care as a registered nurse and certified pediatric nurse at Blythedale Children's Hospital.

Soriano, who works on the Pediatric and Adolescent Unit, was nominated for the national award by the mothers of two patients who praised her bedside manner and dedication to her patients and their families.

"Jean goes out of her way for all her patients," one patient's mother wrote in the award nomination form. "She gives them all lots of attention and great care."

Another patient's mother wrote: "Jean is a role model for all nurses. She has the utmost respect for both patient and parent. I am mostly here living at my son's bedside, but if I’m leaving, having Jean as his nurse is a comfort. She has a positive, friendly, loving way for all who come in her path."

Soriano has been a nurse in the Philippines and Vienna, Austria. She joined Blythedale's Nursing Department in 1989.

Soriano was honored in a ceremony at the hospital  last Thursday where she was presented with an “Exceptional Nurse” certificate from the DAISY Foundation, a daisy pin and a small handcrafted “Healer’s Touch” sculpture made by Shona artisans in Zimbabwe.

"We are proud to recognize Jean for the exceptional care she provides to patients and their families,” said the Hospital’s Chief Operating Officer Maureen Desimone, RN.

The DAISY Award , an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, is a national program that began in 2001. Registered nurses may be nominated for a DAlSY Award by staff, co-workers, patients or patients' parents and family members. Winners are selected by an 11-member committee based on a list of criteria including compassionate caring, inspiration of others, resolution of patient care challenges and establishing a caring presence and healing bond with the patient and family.

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