SMITHFIELD — Jessica Herring, the peer view nurse for the quality department, has been named Ambassador of the Month.
During a recent presentation, CEO Chuck Elliott said Herring stands out because of the creativity, passion and experience she brings to her position. “She’s a good listener who looks for ways in which to improve the safety of our patients and to make their health care processes easier and more transparent,” he said.
Herring has been with Johnston Health for 15 years. She started out as a CNA on the hospital floor for medical and surgical patients, and continued to work while sitting for her LPN boards and, later, while finishing her associate degree.
Before joining the team in quality, she was a nurse in the emergency department at Smithfield. “I do miss bedside nursing,” she says. “As a peer review nurse, I’m seeing things from a different side. It’s our job to make the hospital a safe environment for patients and employees. Among the nine of us, we have a combined 145 years of experience — most of those years here at Johnston Health.”
Herring believes that most nurses feel called to their professions. “We do have the passion, the desire to make things better. I’m doing that now by improving processes,” she adds. “I believe that as long as you treat patients like family, you can’t go wrong.”
Out in the community, Herring has helped with hurricane-relief efforts and has put together heart-health programs for her church in Newton Grove and another in Johnston County.
Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her 4-year-old son, Paxton.
Through the ambassador program, Johnston Health recognizes employees who go above and beyond the call of duty. They deliver quality care, foster teamwork, and offer excellent service.
In addition to a designated month-long parking space, Herring will receive eight hours of paid time off.