Megan Cronshaw, RN II, of Christiana Hospital’s Labor and Delivery team, received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses for October 2016. Nursing leaders, colleagues and a former patient with her new baby girl gathered Nov. 3 to celebrate her achievement.

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 a husband and new father who described Cronshaw as “amazing,” when his wife experienced complications following the birth of their daughter.

“When my wife was having complications due to clotting, Nurse Cronshaw did an excellent job explaining everything that was going on to my wife and me,” he said. “After the clotting issue was resolved, she gave us a great tutorial on bathing our baby.

“Soon after, my wife began to have more complications due to blood clotting and was taken to the operating room. Megan stayed by my wife’s side during the entire procedure, leaving only after she asked my wife’s permission to find me and the baby in the nursery to give me an update. She took pictures of me and my daughter on her phone and texted them to me since I did not have my camera with me. It was very much appreciated. She stayed with me in the nursery for a while to make sure I was doing OK and then returned to assist my wife.

“After my wife was cleared to leave the OR and was moved to High-Risk Labor and Delivery, Nurse Cronshaw came back up to the nursery to escort me and my daughter to see my wife. She found a folding bed and exchanged it for the chair in our room so I would have a place to lie down and stretch out. Nurse Cronshaw ended up staying for two-and-a-half hours after her shift ended.

“She was caring, kind, and compassionate. She was very knowledgeable, and her bedside manner was excellent. She treated my wife and me with courtesy and respect during her time with us. She helped make the horrible, stressful experience that my wife and I went through after our daughter was born a lot more bearable. We wouldn’t have been able to get through it without her.”

The family of J. Patrick Barnes created the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award in 1999 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.