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St. Joseph presents two nurses with Daisy Awards

Penn State Health St. Joseph presented DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Awards to Rachel Drzewicki, a nurse in the Family Birthing Center, and Jennifer Schemberg, a nurse educator on 2N at the Bern campus.

The accolade recognizes nurses for their skillful, compassionate care and their daily support of patients and families.

Rachel Drzewicki holds flowers and a plaque in a hallway and smiles.

Rachel Drzewicki

Drzewicki earned praise from a colleague for work with a patient shortly after her arrival on the unit. An expectant mom looked to Drzewicki for emotional support, as she experienced the loss of her unborn child.

“It was very apparent how much the patient appreciated her,” said the nominator. “This is one of many situations where Rachel has showed compassion. It is very evident how much she loves her job and her patients.”

Jennifer Schemberg stands in a hallway holding a plaque and smiling.

Jennifer Schemberg

Schemberg also won a colleague’s praise for advocating for a patient whose multiple health issues would require 24/7 oversight if she were to return home. The colleague also highlighted Schemberg’s efforts to educate the family at a time when COVID-19 made contact especially challenging.

“Jenn took it upon herself to teach the sisters that were assuming the patient’s care,” said the nominator, adding that her efforts took more than 10 hours of one-on-one instruction. “Jenn bonded with the patient and family to the point they asked to remain in contact. Without Jenn’s attention, the patient’s hospital stay would have been greatly extended.”

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