The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize nurses who go above and beyond in providing excellent care to their patients every day.
Johnson has been with ETMC for 32 years. She received her associate degree from Southern Arkansas University and her bachelor’s of science degree from Regis University.
Johnson was nominated for the award by Hallie Peoples, cardiopulmonary director at ETMC Jacksonville. “I was walking past a room in the emergency department, when I saw Monie at the bedside of a decease child,” she said. “The dad and mom were cradling their son and crying. Monie was doing everything to comfort the family and provide support. She was like an angel sent from heaven to this family. I was never more impressed, or better yet, blessed as I watched another ETMC team member show so much compassion, love and understanding. Monie’s heart was breaking, but she maintained a calm and caring demeanor. She is truly a nurse extraordinaire, one truly ordained for the nursing profession by God. “
The DAISY Award was created in 1999 by a family in the U.S. after experiencing kindness and compassion from nurses with their loved one, who was terminal and in the hospital. DAISY stands for disease attacking the immune system. Today, this program has been implemented in more than 1,900 healthcare facilities. Nurses are nominated by anyone who sees an extraordinary nurse and awarded by a hospital nursing committee that decides if they meet the criteria. The recipient receives a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a unique, hand-carved serpentine stone sculpture from Zimbabwe, entitled, “A Healer’s Touch.”