Kristin Syanene honored with DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Kristin Syanene, BSN, RN, SCRN, of Christiana Hospital’s 6C Stroke Treatment and Recovery (STAR) unit, received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses for November 2019.

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 the family of a patient who came to Christiana Hospital with paralysis of his left arm and leg following a hemorrhagic stroke. The nomination said, “from the beginning, Nurse Syanene (or Kristin, as she urged us to call her) showed my brother-in-law and our family extraordinary kindness accompanying her excellent care for his health.

“When our large extended family rallied around him, Kristin’s response to the extra demands was to treat all of us as members of her family. She transformed the intimidating large hospital atmosphere into a warm home feel. Kristin brought a smile to everyone’s face, most especially my brother-in-law’s, who was in dire need of this comfort.

“Knowing that the first hours following a stroke are critical to recovery, Kristin gently yet firmly pushed him to try a little harder, go a little longer to move his affected limbs. With her encouragement, he made gains and realized the potential for improvement through his upcoming rehabilitation.

“One of our family members, a long-time hospital nurse, recognized Kristin Syanene as among the best in her profession. She urged us to nominate Kristin for the DAISY Award, and we can’t think of a more worthy recipient of this honor.”

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 HomeHealth — are eligible.

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