Taylor Wood Honored With DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Taylor Wood, BSN, RN, of Wilmington Hospital, has received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

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, calm, respect and partnership.

Wood, who works on 8S, was nominated by her assistant nurse manager Rochelle Williams, BSN, RN, for her kindness, compassion and connection with a patient with cognitive and developmental delays that prevent him from verbalizing his needs.

Wood recognized the patient’s need for attention and social interaction. Using her developmental practice skills and out-of-the-box thinking, she sat with the patient beside her as she performed some of her responsibilities.

Wood also took the initiative to transport the patient to the mezzanine level to give him a much-needed change of scenery.

“While the patient could not verbalize his appreciation, I witnessed him light up with a smile as Taylor spoke to him with kindness and sincerity,” her nominator shared. “That is a most valuable gift.”

Wood “tapped into something and had given this patient some sort of peace,” the nomination read. “She treated him with dignity and respect by offering the human-to-human contact that we all crave.

“I commend Taylor and am honored to have nurses like her on my team who are dedicated to providing excellent service and 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 ChristianaCare HomeHealth — are eligible.