Stefanie Desiderio honored with DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Stefanie Desiderio, ADN, RN II, in Christiana Hospital’s Emergency Department, has received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses for July 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.

The nomination came from a patient who highly recommended Desiderio for the DAISY Award based on the exceptional care she received in the Emergency Department: “I have been a patient at Christiana Care more than 50 times since 1988 following removal of a pituitary adenoma. This rare condition results in life-threatening crises that come on suddenly, and it is a condition most medical personnel do not fully understand, especially the lack of adrenaline production and diabetes insipidus (not sugar diabetes).

“Stefanie was my RN once I was placed in exam room. She was quick to check my conditions and involve any needed physician consults. I was severely dehydrated and not only received the IV fluids I needed, but also experienced a gentle IV insertion into my collapsed veins – amazing.

“Stefanie was pleasant, professional and attentive. She answered any technical questions I asked, involving a doctor when needed, and printed out information for my reference.

“I arrived in your ER not only very sick, but very frightened that I wouldn’t get the proper care quickly enough. Stefanie was amazing in reducing my anxiety and explaining what was scheduled for me. She is one of the best nurses I’ve had.”

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.