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Nurses from Across the State Honored by North Carolina Nurses Association

October 2, 2018

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA) is recognizing dozens of people for helping lead Nursing Forward® in North Carolina. NCNA honored the nurses and nursing advocates last week in Concord during its 111th Annual Convention. The Awards Luncheon has become a highlight of Convention each year as NCNA focuses on people who are having a tangible impact on improved patient care around the state.

The Administration Nurse of the Year is Janet Handy, from Denver, who is the Assistant Vice President/Nursing Administration at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. “I have been fortunate to love what I do as a nurse.  When we achieve, we do so because others have helped us,” Handy said.

The Education Nurse of the Year is Holly Wei, of Chapel Hill, who is an Assistant Professor at East Carolina University’s College of Nursing. “This award is far greater than who I am. This award shows the elevated recognition and significance of nursing education,” Wei said.

Board of Directors Awards:

  • Mentorship in Nursing: Jean Davison, Chapel Hill
  • Joanne S. Stevens Political/Legislative Nurse of the Year: Schquthia Peacock, Durham
  • Outstanding Service: Cindy Stevens, Asheville
  • Legislator of the Year: Sen. Joyce Krawiec, Kernersville
  • Legislator of the Year: NCNA member Rep. Donna White, Clayton
  • Certificate of Commendation: Sherry Thomas, Garner

Best Practices Awards:

  • Caring for Others: New Hanover Regional Medical Center Emergency Department – Patient Assistance Center
  • Caring for Ourselves: April Bice – UNC Wilmington’s FACES Program
  • Caring for Each Other: Dosher Memorial Hospital Surgical Suite – Surgical Smoke

2018 Leadership Academy Graduates:

  • Cesar Aviles, Mount Holly
  • Timothy J. Bristle, Bakersville
  • Joshua Freeman, Lumberton
  • Georgia Gray, Raleigh
  • Marialice Gulledge, Mooresville
  • Jimmy Kimball, Jr., Knightdale
  • Jamie Keene, New Bern
  • Megan Lazur, New Bern
  • Aaron Lemmon, Pittsboro
  • Sylvia McCauley, Morrisville
  • Elena Meadows, Wilmington
  • Judith Moore, Mint Hill
  • Laura Niday, Graham
  • Genteal Pelzer, Charlotte
  • Robert Segars, Wrightsville Beach
  • Nancy Shedlick, Raleigh
  • Gail Shue, Concord
  • Linda Stone, Raleigh
  • Tara Stroud, Snow Hill
  • Holly Wei, Chapel Hill

NCNA’s Annual Convention gives attendees the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues and earn valuable professional development experience at the largest nursing event of the year in North Carolina.

“Belonging to a professional nursing association such as this one really allows you to take your leadership skills to the next level once you get involved,” said President Elaine Scherer, MAEd, BSN, RN. “And when they get to Convention they want to be involved.”

Established in 1902, NCNA provides continuing education, networking and legislative advocacy for registered nurses throughout North Carolina. For more information, please visit

Chris Cowperthwaite, APR
Manager of Communications & Outreach
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