Katharine Potter honored with DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Katharine Potter, MSN, RN-BC, of patient care unit 5B, Christiana Hospital, has received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses for June 2016.

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.

This DAISY nomination came from Jessica Belmar, RN, a colleague of Potter’s who shared a letter of praise from one of Potter’s patients. The patient wrote, “I cannot overstate the difference that Katie’s care makes for her patients, not only physically but emotionally.” In describing what makes Potter so refreshing and special, he says Katie:

  • Consistently demonstrates an infectious pleasant, positive and smiling disposition, even when faced with some not-so-pleasant circumstances.
  • Continually and proactively offers to go above and beyond to make each patient’s stay more comfortable.
  • Complements her medical knowledge with impressive and reassuring awareness of the details in each patient’s chart.
  • Displays genuine empathy for her patients.
  • Models the best of the nursing profession for her peers with phenomenal work performance.

The letter closed, “Thank you Katie for helping get me through a rough patch in my life. You really do make a difference.

“You are a star :).”

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 every state and 15 countries honor nurses with the DAISY Award.

The Professional Nurse Council at Christiana Care selects 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.