Chris is a member of the 2018 Accelerated Bachelors of Science in Nursing (ABSN) class. He came into the program with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry where he also took part in undergraduate research. These disciplines prepared him for the rigorous challenge of the ABSN program.
I met Chris in the obstetrical nursing clinical. Chris’s unique qualities were evident from his first day in the clinical setting. His clinical performance demonstrated even more of a glimpse into the quality of his character which will make Christopher an exemplary nurse.
It was evident that behind that quiet respectful exterior was someone eager to learn, as Chris participated in all the activities designed to prepare students for clinical experience. His qualities of scholarship and leadership also became evident as his classmates turned to Chris for guidance in simulation activities when they were caring for “patients”. Christopher’s teaching ability also became evident in this class. Chris always had questions about the activities as they related to real world experience and his questions showed the quality of his maturity.
It was the clinical rotation which gave a glimpse into the compassionate nature of Chris’s character. Throughout the day, as I made my rounds, Chris could always be found in his patient’s room. I even had to remind him to go to lunch, which was going to be a familiar pattern in the weeks that followed. The nurses and patients’ families he interacted with, consistently expressed glowing reports of Chris’s performance, from his attention to detail in caring for his patients to his considerate and patient attitude.
Again, in clinicals, Chris’s classmates looked to him, not only as a leader, but as a willing teammate. He was never too busy to lend a hand in managing patients’ needs. Chris has a unique sense of humor which lends itself to even the most difficult tasks and allows them to be performed with ease. The examples of the extent of his attention to detail and desire to teach are numerous.
The DAISY-In-Training Award is given to those whose skills will impact the “life and health of others”. This quality is also reaffirmed in a report from Chris’s community clinical instructor. Chris was attempting to screen a mentally ill veteran and from a distance, it looked like he was talking to a family member. Chris was visibly attentive and open to what the gentleman was saying and he never physically withdrew from the man, despite his poor hygiene.
Chris’s philosophy is that he believes all people deserve access to a multifaceted healthcare system, which promotes collaborative care and respect.
Nomination submitted by Mandy Bamber PhD, RN