Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | February 4, 2019

Awards Honor Duke Raleigh Nurses’ Commitment to Care

Nursing staff at Duke Raleigh Hospital were honored at a ceremony Thursday for their commitment to giving exceptional care.

Two nurses, Sara Rayner, RN, and Jonathan McGee, RN, were honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing, an international program that rewards and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day.

“This is a special honor recognizing the skill our nurses have at touching the lives of patients and their loved ones,” said Priscilla Ramseur, Duke Raleigh Hospital’s Chief Nursing & Patient Care Services Officer. “Whether it is providing a listening ear during someone’s deepest hour to simply helping a patient drink some morning coffee, the nurses recognized this quarter have a gift for understanding how to positively affect patient well-being.”

By her nominators, Rayner was called a “bright light” during the night shift who not only took time to explain medications and troubleshoot side effects for one patient, but went so far as to bring a handmade hat to provide some extra comfort.

“Duke is so fortunate to have Sara represent their hospital. She is definitely a shooting star,” the nominator wrote.

Jonathan McGee also went above and beyond—even asking to stay on shift longer to see to patient, according to his nominator.

“In my experience with hospitals, doctors, and nurses, I can honestly say I’ve never been so impressed with a nurse as I was with Jonathan,” his nominator wrote. “The mere way in which he handled himself in the presence of other doctors and surgeons was comforting and utterly impressive! Duke Raleigh is lucky to have a young man of his caliber; he is truly a nurse extraordinaire!”

A third Duke Raleigh staff member, LaShana Whitfield, was presented with the Caring Award honoring nursing assistants. Her nominator called out the kindness, compassion, and loving care she provided as reasons to recognize her outstanding service.

In addition to these honorees, several nurses from Duke Raleigh were nominated for the awards and recognized with certificates and pins at the ceremony. They include:

Bonnie Tinsley Jazmin Crider Marina Maddox
Penny Blackledge Kate Smith Jules Mueller
Lakisha Vines Mary Ann Bierman Kyle Rotondo
Corabeth Smith Rajaa Johnson-Benbrik Miranda Galde
Annie Stackhouse Jed Gudzinas Lori McLeod
Joanne Rubio Jorge Silveira Jr. Veronica Lommatzsch
Courtnee Jones Marcela Bright Kelly Suggs
Cheryl Clark Jazmyne Wall Sandy Miley
Rose Lane Ethel Houston Le Trinh
Kai Holloway Alysa Weymuth Tyler Williams
Jackie Whitaker Fatima Sillah Sydney Cowart
Emily Siver Donte Saucillo Julie Lihvarcik
Amanda Mason Tiffany Brown Tess Aldridge
Nancy Sosa Chris McDowell Dame Baluyos
Sarah Albrecht Alketa Stephens Nancy Garcia
Mary Kate Flynn Kyle Brown Melody Scrudato
Kandace Summerlin Loan Nguyen Britany Valencia


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