Our nurses are recognized for their exceptional commitment to providing the right care at the right time based on clinical evidence. They work collaboratively with each other, the medical and hospital staffs, and patients and their families. This team approach affords them recognition on many levels:


Throughout the year, Mather Hospital recognizes those nurses who are exceptional examples of their profession. Among these recognitions is the Nurse of Excellence Award. The recipient of this honor is selected from a list of nominees submitted by their peers and supervisors. He/she has consistently demonstrated his or her commitment to the highest standards of quality healthcare – strong nursing skills, hard work, intelligence and a deep sense of caring.

Contributions of Professional Nursing

Research and evidence-based practice are the cornerstones for advancing excellence in professional nursing practice. Translation of research findings into clinical practice promotes safety and quality outcomes. Mather nurses participate in the advancement of the nursing profession through contributions to practice and knowledge development.

Recent Institutional Review Board (IRB) nursing research studies include:

  • Authentic Nurse Leadership
  • Decreasing Incidence of Falls with Injuries Using Two Distinct Strategies Among Adult Psychiatric Patients: A Multiphase Study
  • Creating a Culture of Caring: Using Aromatherapy to Increase Compassion Satisfaction Among Acute Care Nurses
  • Successful New Graduate Nurse Transition to Practice
  • Acupuncture for Pain: A Pragmatic Pilot Study for the Inpatient Pain Service
  • Reiki Therapy: A Pilot Study for Post-Operative Pain Among Inpatient Joint Replacement Surgery Patients
  • Improving Glycemic Control in the Cellulitis Patient with Diabetes

Hospital Recognition of the Contribution of Nurses

Throughout the year Mather Hospital recognizes the special commitment of our nursing staff and the nursing professional as a whole. Some of these initiatives include celebrations for National Certified Nurse Day and National Nursing Week. Nurses are recognized by their fellow nurses and their co-workers at Mather Hospital. Nurses are recognized monthly at the hospital service excellence awards.  These awards are given out based on patient compliment letters.

Nursing Recognition Community Outreach

Mather Hospital’s nurses are leaders not only within the hospital, but also out in the community. They are frequently called upon for their expertise and are generous in sharing their time and talents at health fairs, seminars and fundraising events.

For example, Mather’s nurses continuously provided information and a blood pressure screenings to visitors at the Greater Port Jefferson Chamber’s Health & Wellness Fest and Mather’s HealthyU, a community educational event that is attended by nearly 200 residents.

Patient Recognition of Nursing Staff

The DAISY Award was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of an auto-immune disease at age 33. During Pat’s hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided to him and everyone in his family. The DAISY Foundation was created in Pat’s memory and recognizes nurses who make an enormous difference by the super-human work they do. Patients and their family members can nominate a nurse that they feel took extraordinary care of them or their family member. Several times throughout the year a nurse is recognized for their commitment and outstanding performance.