Fort Kent

Theriault receives The DAISY Award recognition as an extraordinary nurse at NMMC

FORT KENT, Maine – Nicole Theriault, RN BSN CLC received The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses May 9 at Northern Maine Medical Center where she works as clinical nurse educator. The prestigious award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s programs to recognize the superhuman efforts nurses perform every day.

The nomination submitted read:

“As nursing professionals, we work diligently to improve (and sometimes to save) our patients’ lives every day. Nicole Theriault, RN, BSN, embodies the most beautiful, effective qualities of an exceptional nurse and deserves to be formally recognized by the Daisy Award.

Recently, an infant became critically ill hours after birth. Nicole was reporting off at the end of a long shift as nursing supervisor when she got the call to come to OB. Upon arrival, she recognized immediately that this little patient was very sick and the situation was dire so she intuitively began to lead the nursing team as they provided critical nursing care.  Her calming presence, perseverance and exemplary teamwork helped to ensure this baby lived.

Nicole consistently brings a positive attitude and a true wealth of knowledge and skill to every interaction. Her nursing peers describe her as “always going above and beyond” and as having “feel-good energy”. Despite her many years in our profession, Nicole never forgets what she needed to succeed in her own professional journey – compassionate mentorship, advocacy, opportunities to learn and grow. She sees herself in every patient and every nurse and that makes her extraordinary.”  

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care he and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.  

Theriault has been with NMMC since 2015. In her 22 years overall as a nurse, she has worked in a variety of areas including medical-surgical nursing, hemodialysis, obstetrics nursing, nursing supervision, and recently received a promotion to clinical nurse educator.

Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, doctor of humane letters (h.c) and co-founder of The DAISY Foundation said, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Northern Maine Medical Center are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

“NMMC is very happy to be partnering with The DAISY Award. It is important that nurses know that their work is highly valued and that they can make a difference in so many lives. The DAISY Award gives us an opportunity to do that,” said Chief Nursing Officer Nicole Marquis, BSN RN. “I am very pleased that Nicole Theriault is the recipient of the award. She exemplifies everything that it takes to make a great nurse. She is compassionate, gentle, kind, honest, and respectful. We could not be prouder to have Nicole on our team. 

NMMC surprised Theriault with the award with a presentation attended by nursing administration, co-workers, and her family. 

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In addition to the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in over 5,000 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of nurse-led teams, nurse leaders, nurses Advancing health equity, nursing faculty, nursing students, Lifetime Achievement in Nursing and through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, Medical Mission Grants and their new Health Equity Grant programs. More information is available at

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