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Vidant Medical Center nurses named to Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina

October 16, 2014 by Beth Anne Atkins

GREENVILLE – The Great 100 Nurses, which promotes nursing excellence in North Carolina, has recognized 12 Vidant Medical Center nurses in its list of the 2014 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. 

The Vidant Medical Center employees on the 2014 Great 100 Nurses list will be honored at a gala event on Oct. 18 in Greensboro. 

The Vidant Medical Center nurses chosen this year are: 
Rhonda Argenbright—Argenbright has worked for Vidant Medical Center for almost 32 years and currently serves as a lactation specialist. She received her Master of Science in nursing from East Carolina University. In the past, Argenbright has served as a NICU staff nurse, pediatric/neonatal clinical instructor and a neonatal clinical nurse specialist. Argenbright is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nurses, the National Neonatal Nurses Association and the International Lactation Consultant Association. Argenbright is also a member and co-secretary of the NC Breastfeeding Coalition. She is also certified as a neonatal intensive care nurse and is an internationally board certified lactation consultant. 

Shanon Brown— Brown, who is originally from Greenville, NC has worked for Vidant Medical Center for 12 years. She graduated from Pitt Community College with an Associates Degree in nursing and is presently in the Bachelor of Science in nursing program at Western Carolina University. She currently works as a staff nurse IV and unit quality liaison. She is a member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. She is also a certified medical-surgical registered nurse. 

Elaine Clark— Clark, a Pitt County native, has worked at Vidant Medical Center since 1997 and currently serves as a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist. She graduated from Barton College School of Nursing with her Bachelor of Science in nursing. She went on to earn a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. Clark also is certified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. In her 17 years at Vidant Medical Center, Clark has served as a Labor and Delivery nurse, Women’s Services Facilitator, and worked in Home Health. Clark is a member of several professional organizations, including: the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, the International Lactation Consultant Association, NC Breastfeeding Collation, NC Organization of Nurse Leaders, and is a NC Clinical Nurse Specialist Affiliate. She serves as a board member of the NC Board of Clinical Nurse Specialist and the NC Maternity Center Breastfeeding Friendly Designation Program. 

Rhonda Creech—Creech, an eastern Carolina native from Snow Hill, earned an Associates Degree from Wayne Community College, she then received her Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Certificate from East Carolina University and later continued her education at Walden University where she obtained a Master of Science in Nursing. Creech has worked at Vidant Medical Center since 1992 where she began as a NICU nurse, progressed to a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and currently serves as the manager for neonatal intensive care and special care nursery. She is also a NC certified emergency medical technician and holds an NCC certification as a neonatal nurse practitioner. 

Linda Hofler— Hofler first joined Vidant Medical Center in 1983 as a clinical instructor in critical care. She currently serves as senior vice president/nurse executive. She earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Viterbo College and her Master of Science in nursing from East Carolina University College of Nursing. She went on to receive her PhD from East Carolina University College of Nursing. She is a member of several professional societies including the American College of Health Care Executives and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. Hofler is certified as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and as a Nurse Executive Advanced by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. 

Marilys Holdeman— Holdeman is originally from Mississippi but graduated from Barton College in Wilson, NC with a Bachelor of Science in nursing. She first started working at Vidant Medical Center in 1996. She currently serves as staff nurse III in the cardiac catherization lab. Holdeman is also a basic life support and advanced cardiovascular life support instructor. She is a member of several professional organizations including the North Carolina Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nurses. Holdeman is also a progressive care certified nurse. 

Vivian Lewis—A North Carolina native, Lewis has worked for Vidant Medical Center since 1999. She previously worked for Pitt County Memorial Hospital in the early 1980s. Lewis, who graduated from Edgecombe Community College with an Associates Degree in nursing, is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Southern New Hampshire University and is scheduled to complete the degree in January 2015. She currently serves as the professional development coordinator in the center for learning and performance. Lewis is also a member of the American Nurses Association and is a basic life support and advanced cardiovascular life support instructor and is certified in medical surgical nursing. 

Dianne Marshburn—Marshburn, who earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and PhD from East Carolina University, first joined the workforce at Vidant Medical Center in 1977. With 33 years of service to the hospital, Marshburn has served in numerous leadership positions and currently serves at the director of clinical research. She is also a member of several professional organizations including American Organization of Nurse Executives and American Nurses Association in which she is a Board Certified Nurse Executive. She currently presides as the Chair of the Beta Nu Chapter Research Committee for the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society and co-chair the North Carolina Organization of Nurse Leaders Research Committee. 

Katrina Raley—Raley has been with Vidant Medical Center since September of 2005. She currently serves as interim nurse manager for the emergency department. Raley previously worked in the pediatric intensive care unit as a staff nurse and charge nurse. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from East Carolina University. Raley also serves as basic life support, pediatric advanced life support, and advanced cardiovascular life support instructor for the hospital. She is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association. Raley is also a certified emergency room nurse. 

Rebecca Ross—Ross has worked for Vidant Health for 29 years, serving 24 years at Vidant Medical Center and 5 years at Vidant Duplin Hospital. A native of eastern North Carolina, Ross grew up in Magnolia in Duplin County. She earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from East Carolina University and went on to receive a Masters in Business Administration, also from East Carolina University. She currently serves as the assistant vice president for emergency services. Ross is a certified professional in health care quality. She is a member of the National Association of HealthCare Quality and the Emergency Nurses Association. 

Alethia Shepherd—Shepherd, an eastern North Carolina native is from Windsor in Bertie County. She first joined the hospital workforce in 1986 as a staff nurse at Vidant Bertie Hospital. She came to Vidant Medical Center in 1988 and currently serves as staff nurse IV in the cardiac intensive care unit. Shepherd graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in nursing. She went on to receive her Master of Science in nursing, also from East Carolina University School of Nursing. She is currently a faculty member at the College of Nursing at East Carolina University. Shepherd is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and is certified in critical care nursing and cardiac medicine. Shepherd is also a basic life support and advanced cardiac life support instructor. 

Belinda Washington—Washington is an eastern Carolina native from Grifton. She has worked at Vidant Medical Center for more than 10 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from East Carolina University and her Master of Science in nursing from Walden University. She currently works as the assistant nurse manager in the clinical evaluation and observation units. She is a member of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Washington is also a certified medical surgical registered nurse. 
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