Brittany Wynne, BSN, RN, of Christiana Hospital’s Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in March. The nomination came from a nurse, whose mother had been hospitalized nearly 200 days and whose condition had become critical.
“On the morning of January 3, we got the call no family wants,” the nomination read. “We decided to move forward to allow my mom to have the best and most dignified death experience we thought we could give her.”
“Luckily on that morning Brittany was assigned as my mom’s nurse,” the nomination read. Her family was scared, yet quickly felt a sense of peace.
“She explained everything and somehow always knew when we needed her in the room and when we needed our space.”
Wynne involved the family each step of the way through end-of-life care, helping them set a plan to fulfill their wishes and giving each family member the opportunity to say goodbye.
“During the most horrible day of our lives, you gave us peace, understanding, guidance and support. You allowed us to give my mom the death experience she deserved,” the nomination read.
“You have left a huge impact on my family’s life and the memories we have of my mother’s final moments. We can never thank you enough for everything you did.”
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.