Small wins The DAISY Award for nursing excellence

January 18, 2018

Jessica Small, RN

Harris Regional Hospital is pleased to announce that Jessica Small, RN has been named as the hospital’s latest ‘DAISY Award’ winner. The DAISY Award is a nationwide recognition program that celebrates extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care demonstrated by nurses in hospitals across the United States. It was established by the family of Patrick J. Barnes in his memory.

Small has been a nurse since 2016 and lives in Cullowhee. She currently cares for patients in the Harris Regional Hospital Emergency Department and previously worked on the women’s and children’s floor of the hospital. Award candidates are nominated by patients and family members impacted by the outstanding patient experience delivered by nursing staff.

“I became a nurse because I enjoy helping people and I love the sense of satisfaction I feel knowing I was part of their recovery. I believe I have the most fun, most rewarding job in the world,” Jessica Small

“We are proud of Jessica’s commitment to patients and the patient experience,” said Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital. “We receive several nominations throughout each month which signifies the visibility of the level of care our dedicated nurses provide to patients and families.”

Additional award nominees include: Lou Balkwill, Carolyn Holleman, Todd Hardin, Raw-Song Ross, Ildefonso Quiletorio, Kathy Moses, Andy Biggert, Gary Sterner, Chana Burnette, Tenecia Conner, and Tanya Bradley.

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