Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus nurse wins esteemed DAISY Award

When it comes to working in health care, anyone can make a difference at any given moment. Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus nurse Christy Breeding had been on the job less than a year when she made a lasting impression on the family of one patient. This impact led to Ms. Breeding’s nomination and subsequent win of the nationally recognized DAISY Award.

The DAISY Award honors the unsung heroes of the nursing profession. The honor was created by the DAISY Foundation, which was formed in 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes and helps fund research and projects that impact the treatment of patients with the same auto-immune disease that claimed his life.

The nomination came from the family member of a deceased patient who Ms. Breeding cared for. The nominator wrote of their gratitude for the compassion and attentiveness Ms. Breeding provided in comforting the family. It was Ms. Breeding’s simple gestures — speaking gently with the patient and family, spending meaningful time with the patient and ordering a hospitality cart — that meant the most to the family.

“She is an asset to Bayhealth and is the epitome of a great nurse whom we will never forget,” the nominator wrote.

Ms. Breeding was shocked to receive the award but also honored to be recognized so early in her career. Losing a patient was a painful experience, but one she knows will be met with a lot of good experiences.

“As nurses we see people from all walks of life. Some of us are there at the beginning of their lives, while others are there at the end. This is why it’s so important to remember to be patient, caring and compassionate to everyone we meet,” Ms. Breeding said.

For Ms. Breeding, working in the health care field is a natural fit. The consummate team player who played sports all her life, the idea of becoming a nurse stemmed from a movie she watched. Seeing how nurses worked together as a team in the movie struck a chord.

“I always knew I wanted to help others, and I get to do that in my job. Patients come here scared and feeling bad, quite often at their lowest point. To see them smiling when they leave is gratifying. I enjoy helping and caring for people,” Ms. Breeding said.

DAISY Award honorees are nominated by nurses, administrators, peers, physicians, volunteers, patients and families. If you know a Bayhealth nurse who deserves to be nominated, visit bayhealth.org/daisy and fill out the nomination form.

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