Dover, Del. - Shelby Schirmer, a 2018 Wesley College graduate, earned the Daisy Award in June of 2020. The DAISY Foundation was formed in January 2000, in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Award was created in 2001 by Barnes family members, who wanted to recognize the nurses who cared for Patrick and all the other "unsung heroes" of the nursing profession across the country.
She was nominated for the honor by a patient's son for the way she cared for his father while he was a patient in Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus. "This young lady takes interest in the care of her patient or patients and the care of the families. She was always willing to educate the families of what was going on and answered any questions. She was always so helpful during my father's stay. Her job performance looked great! Please consider her for a DAISY nomination she deserves it," he wrote.
Schirmer said she was honored by the award and distinctly remembers this patient and his family because she cared for him about a month. "I had been on the floor about a year. The patient was super sweet, and the family needed a lot of education about of his care. He was a very total-care patient, so I spent a lot of time with them," she said.
Wesley's head Women's Lacrosse Coach Jillian Lontz said "I'm so proud to hear of the wonderful work being done by one of our lacrosse alumni. Shelby has always been a caring and selfless person and player. It takes a special kind of person to be willing to step in front of that rubber ball for the sake of others and an even more special person to help care and show compassion to those when they need it most."
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