When 1A nurse Jasmine Davis, RN, isn’t busy caring for Bayhealth patients, she’s out protecting the United States as a staff sergeant in the Delaware Air National Guard. For the past six years, she’s balanced two careers in the healthcare field and the military and it isn’t an easy feat. This is why she nominated 1A Nurse Manager Dianne Halpern, MSN, CNML, RN, for the ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve) Patriot Award, to thank Halpern for her continued support.
The Patriot Award is given to supervisors who provide support to staff in the military through flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, and more. Halpern received the award while Davis was deployed in Qatar. “I nominated Dianne because she’s a great supervisor and has always worked with me to allow me to serve our country,” Davis said. This includes time off for drills and other military-related activities that require a week or more at a time away from Bayhealth. Davis has worked at Bayhealth for more than two years. “She’s willing to work with me, even if it’s a last minute need for time off. A lot of employers don’t want to employ staff who are in the military.”
Halpern is honored to receive the award and proud to have Davis on 1A, noting Davis is a smart and bright nurse. Halpern’s close relationship stems beyond what happens on their unit as the two emailed from time to time while Davis was in Qatar. During the deployment, Davis worked as a healthcare administrator making sure the nurses and EMTs had what they needed to care for wounded soldiers. This meant 60-hour work weeks and yet, Davis also took online classes while overseas. She’ll graduate in December with a bachelor’s of science in nursing.
Being so close to the Dover Air Force Base, Halpern has worked with a lot of military spouses and makes it a point to support the military as she’s grateful for their service to our country. This love for her country is why Halpern is so supportive of Davis. She also just loves the type of person Davis is, describing her as humble and kind. “She’s the whole package. She’s truly a patient advocate and an advocate in nursing,” Halpern said. “She has a lot of pride in her work and I’m very proud of her. She makes me smile.”
Davis is back at work on 1A, and plans to keep working in both careers because of her drive and determination. She wants to experience life to the fullest and seek every opportunity to make a difference. “There is so much good to do out in the world and I want to do my part. Serving in the military and as a nurse in the community is rewarding and fulfilling because I’m part of something bigger than myself,” Davis said. “Whether helping wounded American warriors or local people of our community, being a significant part of their healing process and seeing the intervention I implemented makes me feel whole.”
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