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Amber Castner, BSN, RN, CNOR, Receives the DAISY Nurse Leader Award


UR Medicine Finger Lakes Health recognizes Amber Castner, BSN, RN, CNOR, with the DAISY Nurse Leader Award. She is the Surgical Services Manager at UR Medicine Finger Lakes Health.

The DAISY Nurse Leader Award was created to shine a light on the managers and others who do not typically have direct patient care as part of their work. Nurse Leaders are an integral part of the healthcare team. They inspire and influence their team members and play a major role in the collaboration of care across the organization. Their roles are vast including the central communicator, a mentor, an educator, and an organizer just to name a few.

The Nurse Leaders’ responsibilities are:

  • Providing a haven of safety for staff, both physically and emotionally

  • Ensuring standards are maintained for quality patient care are maintained

  • Ensuring nurses have access to the technology and equipment they need – and the information

  • Managing human and financial resources across staffing, supplies, and more

  • Driving team development, resiliency, and competency, and meaningfully recognizing team members for the work they do for patients and families

  • Providing a setting where compassion is valued, and staff, in turn, treat patients and their families with deep humanity.

Leaders are responsible for creating an environment where compassionate care by clinicians can thrive. The people who nominate them for The DAISY Nurse Leader Award are typically their staff who describe the impact leaders have on their ability to provide quality, compassionate care.

Nurse Leaders’ are recognized for:

  • Creating an environment where attributes of trust, compassion, mutual respect, continued professional development, and ethical behavior are modeled and supported

  • Being accessible, available, and responsive to the needs of their team

  • Problem-solving and encouraging critical thinking

  • Advocating for their teams

  • Communicating the needs of their teams to organization leadership and communicating organizational priorities and directions to their teams

  • Being compassionate leaders

  • Castner received the Nurse Leader Daisy Award for 2023 based on nominations from her team.

Quotes from her nomination include:

  • Amber is a great “teacher,” often, pulling the team together for various competencies and services. She works closely with individual team members to build confidence and delegate a variety of important aspects of day-to-day operations which in turn supports individual’s growth and development.

  • She has a great way of explaining the “why” when changes occur and is open to listening to staff suggestions of how to develop changes in practice. She is a constant support for us, the team with furthering our education and pushing all to expand their knowledge on best practice. Recently, Amber successfully tackled becoming a Certified Operating Room Nurse (CNOR), setting a great example to the team!

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