Bayhealth nurse Michaela Simms has been named the most recent winner of the 1A Peer Award at Kent General Hospital.
Even on her busiest, most demanding days, Simms shares her cheerful smile and "Yes, I can" attitude with her patients and colleagues.
"Her patients and their families love her," said 1A Nurse Manager Dianne Halpern, RN, MSN, CNML. "Everyone agrees: she is wonderful to work with."
The feeling is mutual.
"Working at Bayhealth has inspired me to pursue my RN credential and dedicate my future to nursing," Simms said. "I love coming to work here."
Simms joined Bayhealth in July 2012. Previously, she worked at Envoy of Denton, in Denton, MD, a residential community providing 24-hour nursing care, pain management, and a variety of therapeutic programs.
Simms described the many benefits that the hospital setting has offered her, particularly the chance to learn about treatments such as bone biopsies, glucose checks, and wound care.
During the nomination process, Simms' colleagues praised her selflessness and desire to help others. One nurse commented that Simms goes out of her way to make sure staff and patients have everything they need.
Given three times a year, the 1A Peer Award recognizes service excellence and exceptional teamwork.