Jessica Kaufmann, BSN, RN, of ChristianaCare’s 4W Surgical Unit on the Wilmington campus, received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses for March. Kaufmann went back to school to make nursing her second career 18 years ago. She has cared for patients in hospitals across many different specialties and has a passion for post-surgical patients.
Kaufmann’s DAISY nomination recognizing her exceptional nursing care came from a patient who arrived via medical helicopter directly to emergency surgery.
“When I got to the floor, I was scared, confused and in pain,” the patient wrote in her nomination. “Jessica immediately took care of me physically and emotionally.
“She answered all of my questions thoroughly and went above and beyond to comfort me. She was kind, empathetic and efficient in getting me anything I needed.
“Over several days she communicated my needs and concerns to my doctors. She continually checked on me and worked with great care to anticipate my needs. She offered a high level of evaluation in response to my symptoms.
Jessica is an extraordinary nurse.”
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.