Amy Collett, BSN, RN, of Christiana Hospital’s Cardiovascular Critical Care Complex (CVCCC), received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses for July 2017.

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.

Amy Collett’s DAISY nomination came from a patient who arrived by ambulance at the Christiana Hospital Emergency Department following a massive heart attack.

“Those people saved my life, and that is something I will never be able to repay in full,” the patient said. But he recognized Collette and her personalized, genuine care one night during his subsequent stay.

“Amy was kind and gentle, and made me feel certain I was going to fully recover. She instinctively knew what I needed to hear and what to say at any given time. She listened carefully and spoke to me as an individual, answering my questions with details and sincerity. She shared personal experiences that related directly to what I was going through, and that spoke volumes to me.

“Amy’s heart is invested in the way she does her job. It’s obvious her work is a passion for her. I won’t ever forget Amy as my nurse, guide and comforter.”

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 2,600 health care facilities in all 50 states and 15 countries honor nurses with the DAISY Award.

The Professional Nurse Council at Christiana Care selects DAISY Award recipients using a blinded selection process based on nominations from patients, families, staff and volunteers. All nurses — inpatient, outpatient and VNA — are eligible.