Jennifer Bradley, RN chosen from among thousands for national recognition
Jennifer Bradley, a registered nurse (RN) case manager with BAYADA Hospice in Burlington, VT, was recognized as the national RN Hero of the Year by BAYADA Home Health Care, a leading provider of in-home care. Chosen from among thousands of nominees, Bradley accepted the prestigious award for exemplifying the highest standards of care before more than 2,400 employees at the company’s annual awards meeting, held virtually in light of the COVID-19 virus on September 24. The award was presented by BAYADA CEO, David Baiada.
Bradley provides nursing care to patients when an illness no longer responds to curative treatments or when a patient chooses not to pursue aggressive therapies. Hospice can improve the quality of a patient’s life while addressing the emotional, social, and spiritual needs of the patient and loved ones. In addition, hospice offers counseling and bereavement services for patients, families, and friends.
“Sometimes in hospice care there are uphill challenges and that was the case with an elderly patient who had severe, profound anxiety. Jenny was the only one who could help alleviate his anxiety, they had such an amazing connection,” shared BAYADA Hospice Director Wendy Audette. “As the ultimate thank you to Jenny for her care, this patient donated his entire bank account in her honor to the BAYADA Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to BAYADA employees and patients in need.”
During the live telecast, Bradley expressed her appreciation to her patients, family, and for her colleagues who serve as mentors, teachers, and friends.
“I am humbled to be there for my patients and their families during such a difficult time in their lives and I will always do my best to live up to this honor,” said Bradley. “This is a big award and it matters a lot. But what I think matters most is I got nominated by family members because I came into their life and made a difference, and that is why I love what I do.”
While her colleagues were thrilled to learn that Bradley was chosen for this national recognition, they were not at all surprised. “Jenny is kind, compassionate, smart, and a wonderful hospice nurse,” said Audette. “She is reliable, consistent, and caring. Our entire team is so proud of her accomplishments and feel honored that she is part of our hospice family.”
The Hero of the Year Award is part of BAYADA’s Hero Program, which allows the company to recognize and reward those who exceed the highest standards of quality care and work ethic at an office, division, and national level. Heroes can be nominated by their colleagues and patients. All BAYADA employees and patients can nominate any registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, home health aide, or other professional caregivers.
“I am beyond impressed with our inspiring heroes this year, as I am every year, but especially in light of these challenging times during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Baiada. “This year’s heroes truly show what it means to deliver care with excellence, reliability and compassion, and I am grateful for their hard work.”