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GBMC nurse named most amazing in her profession

A nurse from Greater Baltimore Medical Center known for her work with sexual assault victims has been named "America's Most Amazing Nurse" by Prevention Magazine and "The Doctors," a syndicated television show.

Laura Clary was chosen for the award from among five finalists during a broadcast of the show Friday morning.


She has worked with the Towson hospital's Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) and domestic violence programs since 2010. She cares for victims of sexual assault, child abuse, rape, human trafficking, intimate partner violence and domestic violence. She also manages a team of 13 forensic nurses and five victim advocates who see more than 400 patient cases a year.

Clary, 32, said the job unites her love of forensic science and nursing. She also said it is rewarding to work with vulnerable populations.


"The evidence we collect from these patients sometimes can be the only thing that can link a perpetrator to a crime like this," she said. "Helping people in such a difficult time in their lives is really special."

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Clary was nominated by her husband, Joseph, a firefighter in Washington, D.C.

"He actually wrote in and nominated me and told them why he felt I deserved this," he said. "It was really nice and really sweet."

Clary beat out an intensive care nurse with the Air Force critical care air transport team, a breast cancer patient navigator from Huntsville Hospital in Alabama, a palliative care nurse practitioner from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and an advanced practice nurse at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases in White Plains, N.Y.

"All nurses are amazing, but our five have really gone above and beyond," said Barbara O'Dair, Prevention's editor-in-chief, in a statement. "They each do a job that very many people can't do."

Clary, who also was voted fan favorite in a poll on Prevention's website, won a trip to Iceland with a stay at Hotel Silica Blue Lagoon, known for its geothermal waters and a VIP spa experience.