Beaufort Memorial Hospital Emergency Room RN Is Named 2017 Nurse Leader of the Year




BEAUFORT, SC – Beaufort Memorial Emergency Department Assistant Director Ashley Hildreth has been named 2017 Nurse Leader of the Year by the South Carolina Emergency Nurses Association for advocating for patient safety and demonstrating exemplary practice in the field of emergency nursing.

The award was presented to Hildreth at the Second Annual Nurse Enlightenment Day held last month in West Columbia. Her co-worker, nurse Lauren Walters nominated her for the honor, citing Hildreth’s dedication to nursing and her unwavering compassion for patients.  

“She often comes to work on her days off to relieve the stress of our busy emergency department,” Walters wrote in the nomination form. “She supports us both emotionally and professionally. She is always praising us for our hard work and encourages us to work with integrity.”  

Hildreth has received two other prestigious nursing awards in her career: the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses and the Palmetto Gold Award, a designation bestowed by the South Carolina Nurses Foundation.              

The RN joined Beaufort Memorial in 2003 after graduating from Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College with an associate degree in Nursing. She went on to earn her B.S. from the University of South Carolina in 2009 and her master’s in Nursing from Chamberlain University in 2015.              

She has received several additional certifications as an emergency nurse, sexual assault nurse examiner and trauma nurse core curriculum instructor. 

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