Kelin Stanley, BSN, RN-BC, of ChristianaCare’s Center for Advanced Joint Replacement, received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in February.

ChristianaCare 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 DAISY nomination came from a patient who described Stanley’s compassionate and outstanding care for him on two occasions. On first meeting Stanley after a successful left hip replacement, he wrote, “The depth of her knowledge and professional skills were evident to me.”

But there’s more. The patient’s wife was in hospice care at the time and his biggest concern was how he could transfer to the hospice to be with his wife. “Kelin went above and beyond her duties,” the nomination said; after Stanley’s shift ended, she delivered him to the Seasons Hospice unit at Christiana Hospital.

Kelin Stanley, BSN, RN-BC, enjoyed the surprise of a DAISY Award in February, recognizing her extraordinary caregiving in the Center for Advanced Joint Replacement.

A year later, back at ChristianaCare for a right hip replacement, the patient asked for Stanley and learned she was not working that day. He then added, “After my surgery that morning … I couldn’t believe my eyes. There stood Kelin, who drove from her home to visit me on her day off. Our reunion was tearful and joyous. The next day she requested to care for me again — almost one year to the day.

“Kelin is an asset to ChristianaCare and truly an angel.”

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 ChristianaCare HomeHealth — are eligible. Make a DAISY Award nomination.