Maxim Healthcare Staffing is proud of the hard work and dedication that all of our healthcare professionals bring each day in service to their patients and clients, who are extended members of our Maxim family. So, it’s important to recognize these professionals for the essential work that they do. Today, our team is thrilled to announce that the recipient of the 2021 Healthcare Professional of the Year is Adriel Davis. If you’re interested in learning more about our healthcare professionals, check out some of our Spotlights online today.

Staffing COY Winner, Adriel Davis masked up

Adriel Davis: 2021 Healthcare Professional of the Year

Adriel is a Registered Nurse currently working the night shift at a temporary facility in Laurel, Maryland which cares exclusively for COVID-19 patients. She has been with Maxim for more than three years, starting as a transplant nurse before transitioning into her current role as one of our longest-tenured travel nurses. At the Laurel facility, Adriel is recognized by colleagues and supervisors alike for her flexibility and team-player attitude. She works 48 hours per week and consistently takes additional shifts in order to help alleviate the high volume of COVID-19 patients.

The fact that Adriel exclusively serves patients diagnosed with COVID-19 does not mean she is without fear of the coronavirus. Even with the implementation of multiple vaccines, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a major source of anxiety worldwide. However, despite her own anxiety and fear, Adriel powers through it to provide the best possible care for her patients.

Dr. Josette Zeliah, Medical Director at the University of Maryland Laurel Medical Center Alternate Care Site, stated that while many people and nurses felt particularly discouraged during the pandemic, Adriel “encouraged [the nurses] and guided them” and helped them to see that there’s something to fight for in caring for the hospital’s COVID patients. “What keeps me going is that I enjoy being nurturing, supportive, and loving,” said Adriel. “Just kind of light up someone’s day, that’s where my strength lies. I try to put myself in their shoes and just provide the care they deserve.” It’s precisely this attitude that helped Adriel become our 2021 Healthcare Professional of the Year.

A Day in the Life of Adriel

At the start of every shift, Adriel puts on her personal protective equipment (PPE), which she refers to as her “astronaut suit”, and visits each and every one of her patients for one-on-one interaction. This personal touch not only serves as a way to evaluate the patient’s status and symptoms but also helps cheer them up when the pandemic has so severely limited interactions with their loved ones. Adriel’s daily visits help ease some of that loneliness, and she is definitely a contributing factor to improved patient morale.

Adriel said that it is also incredibly important to check on her patients every day throughout her shift because “…when COVID patients take a turn, it’s fast.” She brings positivity and light to them all through genuine personal connections. Even if they can’t see her smile through her mask and protective gear, Adriel is determined to have her patients “feel” her smile in the energy she brings. Adriel’s strong work ethic, resilience, and compassion make her an ideal example of the servant leadership culture that Maxim embodies. In the past year at her current position, Adriel has achieved several promotions, starting as a Floor Nurse, then Assistant Nurse Manager, and now as Interim Manager. “I was doing this without intention,” Adriel 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.”

Join the Team of Healthcare Professionals with Maxim Healthcare Staffing

Since 1988, Maxim has connected the nation’s top talent to a variety of healthcare partners. We specialize in creating meaningful career opportunities for medical professionals, including:

  • Nurses
  • Allied health professionals
  • Locum tenens
  • Travel nurses
  • Medical coders
  • Behavior analysts

For more information about partnering with Maxim to start a new chapter in your career just like Adriel, fill out our online contact form or join our talent community today.