Charles Evans, RN II, was greeted with a pleasant surprise the morning of Dec. 3. He walked onto his unit to find an assembly of nursing leaders and colleagues excited to inform him of his DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
Christiana Care DAISY Award recipients are nurses recognized for meeting and exceeding the needs and expectations of patients and families by displaying exceptional clinical skills, compassion, respect and partnership.
Evans’ nomination came from a patient in his care on the 6S Stepdown Unit of Wilmington Hospital.
In the nomination, Evans’ patient said she would not be here today without his excellent assessment skills and critical thinking ability. She credits Evans for detecting her life-threatening intestinal obstruction, obtaining an abdominal x-ray, “placing the easiest nasogastric tube I have ever had,” and helping with bowel decompression. “Even in my confused state, I remember his very caring and encouraging nature. He is truly a caring and exceptional nurse,” she wrote.
Established in 1999, the family of J. Patrick Barnes created the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award to honor his memory with a tribute to the skillful and compassionate care he received from his nurses during his hospitalization. Today, more than 2,000 health care facilities in all 50 states and 15 countries honor nurses with The DAISY Award.
Christiana Care’s Professional Nurse Council selects The DAISY Award recipients using a blind selection process based on nominations from patients, families and all members of the Christiana Care team. All nurses — inpatient, outpatient and VNA — are eligible.