Vidant Health nurses named to Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina | Beaufort County Now | The Great 100 Nurses, which promotes nursing excellence in North Carolina, has recognized nine Vidant Health nurses in its list of the 2012 Great 100 Nurses.

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    GREENVILLE     The Great 100 Nurses, which promotes nursing excellence in North Carolina, has recognized nine Vidant Health nurses in its list of the 2012 Great 100 Nurses.

    This non-profit organization creates peer recognition among North Carolina's registered nurses, as well as awards excellence in practice and commitment to the nursing profession.

    These Vidant Health employees on the 2012 Great 100 Nurses list exemplify and promote excellence in the nursing profession throughout eastern North Carolina. They will be honored at a gala event on Oct. 13 in Greensboro.

    "These nurses represent the finest in the country," said Dr. David C. Herman, chief executive officer of Vidant Health. "Nursing has always been a noble profession, and that holds true today. While technology modernizes the way in which we do our jobs, one thing will never change: the healing touch of those by the side of the patient matters most. The care, comfort and compassion they provide cannot be replicated or replaced. We are proud of all our nurses, and extend our congratulations and thanks to those honored by the Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina."

    The Vidant Health nurses chosen this year are:


    Carolyn E. Alphin of Vanceboro -

    An educational nurse specialist at Vidant Medical Center, Alphin earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from East Carolina University. She has worked at Vidant Medical Center since 1986, serving in a variety of nursing and education roles in the women's center. From her work as a nurse caring for newborns and premature infants to educating other employees about the needs of patients in the women's center, Alphin is active in committees and research. She is a certified instructor for the American Heart Association and the Neonatal Resuscitation programs. She is a member of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses and is active in community organizations in Craven County.


    Nancy N. Bouldin of Greenville -

    Bouldin joined Vidant Medical Center in 1992, serving as a registered nurse in the cardiovascular surgery intensive care unit. She currently teaches bedside nursing practices and pacemaker classes at Vidant Medical Center for nursing staff in the pediatric intensive care unit, the emergency department and the East Carolina Heart Institute. Bouldin has authored several papers on the treatment of patients in cardiovascular intermediate care units and has presented at national conferences. She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association.


    Valorie L. Cooke of Ahoskie -

    Cooke earned her bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and her master's degree in nursing from East Carolina University. She currently serves as the director of clinical education at Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, responsible for staff, physician, student, community and patient education. She holds several certifications in basic cardiac life support and is certified in nursing professional development. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the Association for Nursing Professional Development.


    Georgene G. Eakes of Chocowinity -

    After earning her diploma in nursing from Watts Hospital School of Nursing and a bachelor's degree in nursing from North Carolina A & T tate University in Greensboro, Eakes earned her master's degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her doctorate of education from North Carolina State University. She currently serves as the director of clinical education with the Center Learning a nd Performance at Vidant Medical Center. Eakes is Professor Emeritus with the College of Nursing at East Carolina University and has served as visiting faculty at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She also served as instructor at the Forsyth Technical Institute in Winston-Salem, and worked in a variety of nursing positions throughout the Southeast. She is a recognized nurse theorist and has authored many research papers on nursing care throughout her career. Eakes has received numerous awards, including The East Carolina University Scholar Teacher Award and the North Carolina Nurse Educator of the Year awarded by the North Carolina Nurses Association. She hold numerous memberships in professional organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and the End-of-Life Care Consortium for Eastern North Carolina.


    Sue Anne Fipps of Winterville -

    As an educational nurse specialist at Vidant Medical Center, Fipps fosters the growth and development of the Vidant Children's Hospital staff through education, orientation and evidence-based research. Fipps earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from East Carolina University and her master's degree in nursing from Walden University in Minneapolis. She joined Vidant Medical Center in 1997, serving as a staff nurse on the pediatric unit, and continues her work with outreach and community-based activities. Sylvia M. James of Greenville-James currently serves as an educational nurse specialist at Vidant Children's Hospital, in addition to serving as an nursing assistant instructor at Pitt Community College. She earned her associate's degree in nursing from Pitt Community College and her bachelor's degree from Mount Olive College. James has been a nurse at Vidant Medical Center since 1985. She is a certified trainer in basic life support, pediatric advanced life support and neonatal resuscitation
programs.


    Deborah L. McClain of Greenville -

    As a staff development assistant, McClain helps with ongoing education needs of nursing staff in the women's department at Vidant Medical Center. McClain joined Vidant Medical Center in 1993 as a registered nurse, working with patients and families during labor and delivery of newborns. Prior to moving to Greenville, she earned the rank of captain in the U.S. Air Force, serving in California, South Dakota and Texas. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing at the University of Vermont. She is certified as an inpatient obstetrics nurse and in fetal monitoring and teaches fetal monitoring and neonatal resuscitation.


    Susan L. Myrick of Tarboro -

    Myrick currently directs the cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation program at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital in Tarboro, working with physicians, staff, community organizations and individuals to promote better quality of life for patients with chronic diseases. She began her work at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital in 1984, serving as a pharmacy technician. She earned an associate's degree in nursing from Edgecombe Community College in 1994, and began her new role as a registered nurse. She holds several nursing certifications and plans to further her education in nursing beginning in 2013.


    Linda Pare of Wilson -

    A native of Canada, Pare has worked at Vidant Medical Center in the neonatal intensive care unit since 2000. She has extensive experience in serving health needs from infants to geriatric populations. She is a certified critical care registered nurse, and she serves as an instructor in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, neonatal resuscitation and initial care for infants. Pare is a member of the Academy of Neonatal Nurses. She also is involved in several task forces and committees and serves on the statewide initiative to address catheter-associated blood stream infection in patients.

    Contact: Barbara Dunn, Vidant Health Strategic Development, (252)847-7599.

    Vidant Health, a mission-driven, not-for-profit corporation, owns, leases or has a majority membership interest in nine eastern North Carolina hospitals and has a management agreement with one other. The health system includes Albemarle Health, Vidant Beaufort Hospital, Vidant Bertie Hospital, Vidant Chowan Hospital, Vidant Duplin Hospital, Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, The Outer Banks Hospital, Vidant Medical Center, Vidant Pungo Hospital, Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Vidant Home Health and Hospice, Vidant Wellness Centers, Vidant Medical Group and is affiliated with the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. On the web at www.vidanthealth.com.
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