Jada Blankenship, a nurse in Floyd Medical Center’s Medical Oncology unit, has been named Floyd’s 2016 Nurse of the Year.

Blankenship has been a nurse at Floyd for five years. In nominating her, Blankenship’s co-workers cited the wisdom reflected in the care she provides.

“Jada exhibits a seasoned approach that is beyond her years of experience,” said Allen Stephens, Clinical Manager of Medical Oncology. “She has developed a sense of empathy and understanding that has made her an excellent communicator and elevated the care she provides.”

Dr. Sheila Bennett, Senior Vice President and Chief of Patient Services, says this ability to communicate has helped Blankenship become a role model for other nurses.

“Jada sees her patients as individuals and has found a way to connect with them in meaningful ways,” Bennett said. “She embodies the spirit of caring that best promotes healing, not just treatment.”

In addition to Nurse of the Year, Floyd awarded three other individuals for professional achievements over the past year. April Griggs was named Certified Nursing Assistant of the Year, and Brenda Lynn was honored as Scrub Tech of the Year. Corey Jones received the Nancy Gunther Award, which goe­­s to a graduating nursing student who has demonstrated outstanding care while completing their education at Floyd

The awards were presented during Floyd’s recognition of Nurses Week, which takes place annually in May and honors nurses for the care they provide.