Jessica Lara RN

Jessica Lara RN was presented the Daisy Award for her work as a nurse at Wilkes Medical Center. Photo submitted

Wilkes Medical Center announced that Jessica Lara, RN, is the latest quarterly winner of the hospital’s Daisy Award, which recognizes nurse for outstanding clinical skill and compassionate care.

Each honoree receives a banner, certificate, Daisy Award pin and a hand carved “A Healer’s Touch” stone sculpture.

Lara said she decided to become a nurse to make a difference in the lives of her patients. “Nursing is more than just caring for others. As a nurse, I make time to get to know my patients. I want them to know that I am here for them and that they can count on me,” she said.

Michelle Kennedy, RN, who is Lara’s manager, stated, “Jessica truly deserves the Daisy Award because her nursing care is clearly grounded on the framework of compassionate care and teamwork.”

Kennedy said Lara always has a smile on her face and is always willing to go the extra mile to make sure that our patients received the best care possible. “We are so thankful to have her as a part of our Hematology and Oncology — Wilkes team,” she added.

The next Daisy Award winner will be announced in April.

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