Rachel Willinger, RN, of ChristianaCare’s Vascular Access Nursing team, received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses for April. The DAISY nomination from a patient described Willinger and her care during his stay in Christiana Hospital’s Stroke Treatment and Recovery Unit as “absolutely amazing.”
The patient wrote that he had “a unique situation where I had to teach a college course from my hospital bed” and that Willinger “went out of her way to do all she could to make sure I had everything I needed.”
The following day he was to lead a court hearing that could not be changed.
“Rachel arranged for me to be moved to a private room with a high back chair and neutral background for the Zoom court hearing to make it appear, as reasonably as possible, that I was in a courtroom. In addition, she made sure someone could get me my judicial robe, button down shirt and tie in time for the hearing.
“Rachel said this is probably the first time at ChristianaCare that a judge heard a case while still in a hospital room as the patient.
“While the entire staff has been great, Rachel has truly been special and has made this hospital stay comforting and most accommodating.”
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.