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Nurse Spotlight: Benita Smith, BSN, RN, CEN
Benita Smith, BSN, RN, CEN

Nurse Spotlight

WakeMed

Shane Parker, RN
Co-Founder and Chief Nursing Officer

Stories of Florence Nightingale’s compassion, bravery, and leadership have shaped modern nursing and influenced and inspired millions. As we celebrate the 200th anniversary of her birth, we are honored to shine a light on today’s #NurseHeroes on the front lines by sharing some of their stories.

This is Benita’s story.

“Because of her radiant example, I am able to provide direction, comfort and strength to our staff. [COVID-19] has given each of us a chance to rise to this occasion to show ourselves and the world that the profession of nursing is honorable and that together, WE ALL SHINE!!!”

Describe why you chose to become a nurse

I always loved to care for people.

Describe your most rewarding day on the job

Being in leadership, it is always rewarding to see nurses progress in their careers and to help in that process.

What’s a favorite quote of yours

Teamwork makes the dream work!

For those looking for a way to help others, is there a charity you suggest?

The WakeMed Foundation helps staff advance their career with education support in addition to helping employees that may be experiencing a crisis.

Thank you for all you do, Benita!


Benitas’s Nomination

I am an Educator/Supervisor in the ED. What I have always known is that Nurses are strong, resilient and adaptable. We have never thought of ourselves as heroes. We will go to the ends of the earth for our patients, and as leaders, for those we lead. I have seen that firsthand on the frontlines for over 30 years!
This pandemic has stretched us in unique ways. I have observed Benita, my leader, handle the everyday changes, sometimes moment to moment with a steadiness and grace that makes me feel safe. Because of her radiant example, I am able to provide direction, comfort and strength to our staff. Something so awful has given each of us a chance to rise to this occasion to show ourselves and the world that the profession of nursing is honorable and that together, WE ALL SHINE!!!

Leighann Perry, BSN, RN, CEN
WakeMed

Thank you for helping us honor Benita and the profession of nursing, Leighann. We salute you! 


 

Do you have a story to share?

While our team at ShiftWizard believes all nurses are heroes, we’d like to hear who you feel has gone above and beyond. Help us honor a fellow nurse or nurse leader whose actions have inspired others in these unprecedented times, and let’s celebrate nursing together!

Did you know that ShiftWizard significantly lowers staffing costs for healthcare organizations? 

These are incredibly challenging times for nurses as well as the organizations they serve, and there’s no better time to learn how ShiftWizard can deliver significant cost savings and best prepare your team for success.

Our industry-leading workforce management solution is quick to implement and was developed by nurses— it is built specifically for healthcare and solves the complexities of scheduling staff for any department within a hospital. And, especially for times like these, our powerful communication center excels at getting messages (text, email, and automated calls) to staff securely and quickly, maximizing accountability and teamwork.

We are honored to support our frontline teams and we are here to help you meet your challenges head on.

Send your nurse story to us at info@shiftwizard.com or let us know how we can help you.