DAISY Award Schrimer

Schirmer is DAISY Award Winner

Thursday, June 4, 2020 | Awards and Recognitions
Bayhealth’s Shelby Schirmer, RN, might be relatively new to the nursing profession, but as a recent DAISY Award winner she obviously possesses the requisite compassion for patients and their families.

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, a 2018 Wesley College graduate, 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.

“It’s important for families and patients to know their options. It ties into this patient. The family was educated with all the options for their father, and we treated him and made him comfortable,” she added.

Caring for patients – and others – has been a part of Schirmer’s life nearly as long as she can remember. “I always wanted to be a nurse. I went to H.O. Brittingham (an elementary school in Milton), and I got close to the school nurse. Then I went to Sussex Tech, and when I graduated, I became a CNA. I took the exam my senior year,” she said.

Her first job after high school was in hospice home health care. “I didn’t know what I was getting into, but I appreciated those moments with patients. I want to get into palliative care, to learn more about end-of-life care. Eventually, I want to be a nurse practitioner in palliative hospice care,” Schirmer said, noting that she will sit for PCCN exam – a certification for nurses who provide care for acutely ill adults – later this year.

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.