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Area nurse named ‘Caregiver of the Year’

Adriel Davis honored for exceptional care during COVID-19 pandemic

Columbia, Md.— Registered nurse Adriel Davis has been named the staffing Caregiver of the Year by Maxim Healthcare Group, a national provider of home healthcare, companion and behavioral care, healthcare staffing, and workforce solutions. 

A traveling nurse, Davis has been with Maxim for more than three years. She was honored for her strong work ethic, resilience and compassion. She will be presented with the award during a ceremony on February 1, 2022, where the company will also announce the national winner who will receive Maxim’s John “Doc” Langley National Caregiver of the Year Award. 

Currently, Davis is a night shift nurse at a temporary facility in Laurel, Maryland, caring exclusively for COVID-19 patients. A typical day for her includes donning her personal protective equipment, which she calls her “astronaut suit,” to visit her patients for one-on-one, in-person visits.

Davis stressed the importance of monitoring her patients closely throughout her shift because “when COVID patients take a turn, it’s fast.” She brings positivity and light to her patients through genuine personal connections. Even if they can’t see her smile through her mask and protective gear, she is determined her patients will “feel” her smile in the energy she brings. 

“I was doing this without intention,” Davis said. “I was just happy to help support patients through this rough time, not being able to see their own family members. But I also enjoy being there for them.”

Recognized by colleagues and supervisors for her flexibility and team-player attitude, Davis works 48 hours a week and consistently takes additional shifts to help with the high volume of COVID-19 patients. In the past year at her current position, she has achieved promotions, starting as a floor nurse, then Assistant Nurse Manager, and now as Interim Manager. 

Dr. Josette Zeilah, Medical Director at University of Maryland Laurel Medical Center Alternate Care Site, stated that while the pandemic remains stressful for many healthcare providers, Davis “encouraged [the nurses], she guided them” and helped them see there’s something to fight for in caring for the hospital’s COVID patients. 

Despite her own anxiety, Davis works through this fear to provide the best possible care for her patients. She says her strength lies in her desire to be nurturing, supportive and loving, putting herself in her patients’ shoes and “providing the care that they deserve.”

Because of her dedication and positivity, Davis is one of the longest-tenured travel nurses at Maxim. She is a living example of the caring and servant-leader culture Maxim exudes. 

A panel of judges selected Davis and three other regional winners from hundreds of nominations across the country. Now in its tenth year, the Caregiver of the Year Award program celebrates nurses and home healthcare aides for the key roles they play in delivering quality, patient-centered care to some of the nation’s most medically fragile and chronically ill patients. 

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