Monica Kornstein, R.N., is the First Bethesda Nurse to Receive the International DAISY Award

(Boynton Beach, FL) – Five years ago, nurse Monica Kornstein, R.N., was studying to become a teacher at Miami Dade College, when she went into labor and delivered her son, who was born nearly four months pre-mature.

Monica and her husband, Chris Kornstein, a Palm Beach County School teacher, visited their son, Ayden, everyday in Bethesda Hospital’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. During that time, Monica was so inspired by the wonderful nursing care that the nurses gave to her son, that she switched from wanting to become a teacher to pursue a nursing degree instead. Three and a half months later, Ayden was released from the hospital, and he is in kindergarten at Discovery Key.  

Monica joined Bethesda’s nursing staff as a nurse-intern in June 2015, and became a full-fledged nurse in January 2016, where she was assigned to the 3 Medical-Surgical unit.  

She was presented with the DAISY award in a surprise ceremony, as she is thanked by the grateful patient and family who nominated her for the award.

The Daisy Award is an international award for nurses who have provided compassionate and extraordinary care. It was founded by the Barnes family in 1999 to honor the nurses who cared for their son Patrick, who died of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33.
To date, 65,000 nurses have been honored, and 700,000 have been nominated. The award honors nurses in over 2,100 healthcare facilities around the world. It is supported by Sigma Theta Tau International, AACN, ANCC and AORN just to mention a few!


DAISY stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.

The grateful patient is Dennis Dale, who wrote about Monica’s caring, compassionate clinical skills that made a difference during his care, not once but twice, when he was admitted as a patient to the 3rd floor at Bethesda Hospital East.