Marissa Pohle, MSN, RN, CCRN, with Christiana Hospital’s Medical Intensive Care Unit, received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in February 2021.
The DAISY nomination is from a nurse who described Pohle’s personal, compassionate care for her father-in-law and their family during his battle with COVID-19.
“Marissa was one of his favorite nurses and made him smile and laugh during his darkest days and did everything she possibly could to make him comfortable and provide peace for him and our family,” the nominator wrote.
“Marissa worked with him for many nights and always made time to take our calls, listen to our concerns and give us updates without rushing us.
“She even called us one night and asked if we could arrange to bring his dog Sonny in to visit because he was so depressed. My father-in-law had been in the hospital for two weeks and his visit with Sonny was the best day.”
When Pohle had time off, she arranged for a nurse and close friend to take care of the patient. They both attended his funeral.
The nominator wrote that it “helped to fill a hole in our hearts to know that such a wonderful person was taking care of him when we couldn’t be there. We will never forget Marissa and her beautiful soul.”
The Professional Nurse Council at ChristianaCare selects DAISY Award recipients using an anonymous process based on nominations from patients, families and all members of the ChristianaCare team. All nurses — inpatient, outpatient and ChristianaCare HomeHealth — are eligible.