Dennis Harris Jr., MSN, MA Ed., RN-BC, NE-BC, received a DAISY Leader Award on Feb. 13 at the Wilmington Christiana Hilton Hotel.

Nurse manager of the Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit, Harris was selected as winner from among three leader finalists, also including Sarah Flanders, MSN, RN, CEN, nurse manager of Wilmington Emergency Department, and Bridget Ryan, BSN, RN, CCRN, assistant nurse manager of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Christiana Hospital.

DAISY Leader Award finalists Bridget Ryan, Dennis Harris and Sarah Flanders at the February 13 banquet and DAISY Award celebration.

“A DAISY leader creates a positive, safe, patient-and-family-centered environment for staff members to provide the highest quality nursing care and exemplifies the values of teamwork, collaboration and shared decision-making,” said Lydia Butcofsky, MA, BSN, RN III, CEN, chair, ChristianaCare Professional Nurse Council.

Harris was nominated for the honor by Patricia Curtin, M.D., FACP, CMD, chief of Geriatric Medicine and medical director of the ACE Unit.

“Dennis holds all of us to a high standard because that is what it takes to provide care to our older adults with love and excellence,” wrote Dr. Curtin. “He expects a lot from himself and from the staff. From rounds to event reviews to council meetings to staff evaluations, he rolls his sleeves up to dig into the work, highlighting the good, and assisting those who need guidance.”

Harris is an alumnus of Leadership Delaware and a 2018 Nurse Manager Fellow with the American Organization for Nursing Leadership. He recently became certified as a Nurse Executive by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

The international DAISY Award program honors skillful and compassionate nursing care. The Professional Nurse Council at ChristianaCare selects DAISY Award recipients using an anonymous selection process based on nominations from patients, families and all members of the ChristianaCare team. All nurses — inpatient, outpatient and VNA — are eligible.

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