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Vidant Health nurses named to Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina

October, 16, 2015 by Amy Holcombe

GREENVILLE-The Great 100 Nurses, which promotes nursing excellence in North Carolina, has recognized seven Vidant Health nurses in its list of the 2015 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 Health employees on the 2015 Great 100 Nurses list will be honored at a gala event on Oct. 17 in Raleigh.

The Vidant Health nurses chosen this year are:

Alta Blowe – Blowe is a registered nurse and has worked for Vidant Home Health and Hospice for 15 years and currently serves as transitional care coordinator for Health Access. She graduated with an associate degree in nursing from Roanoke Chowan Community College. She previously worked as the education and quality manager for Health Access. 

Laura Carmon – Carmon, a Greenville native, has worked for Vidant Medical Center for 28 years. She currently serves as a palliative care and hospice nurse practitioner. She earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from North Carolina A and T State University and went on to receive a Master of Science in nursing from East Carolina University. Before becoming a nurse practitioner, Carmon worked as a staff nurse, patient care facilitator, case manager, and an admissions/discharge nurse. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the North Carolina Nurses Association.

Renee Cherry – Cherry, a Washington, N.C. native, has worked for Vidant Medical Center for 23 years and currently serves as a professional development coordinator. She received her Master of Science in nursing education from Walden University. In the past, Cherry has served in the cardiovascular intensive care unit as a staff development assistant, assistant nurse manager and a staff nurse. She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the American Nurses Association, North Carolina Nurses Association, and the Association of Nursing Professional Development. 

Felicia Collins – Collins, who is originally from Engelhard, N.C., has worked for Vidant Medical Center for 22 years. She graduated from East Carolina University (ECU) with a Master of Science in nursing. Collins currently works as the administrator for inpatient rehabilitation services. In her time at VMC, she has worked as the manager for case management, a quality nurse specialist, an assistant nurse manager, and a staff nurse. She is a certified rehabilitation registered nurse, a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.

Denise Harper – Harper, originally from Raleigh, N.C., graduated with a Master of Science in nursing from East Carolina University. She has worked for Vidant Medical center for the last 14 years, and currently serves as an infusion clinical nurse specialist in adult medicine services. She has previously worked as a vascular access nurse on the vascular access team, and an orthopedics staff nurse. Harper is a certified registered nurse infusion and adult clinical nurse specialist. She is member of the Infusion Nurses Society and the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

Christine Herring – Herring, originally from Robersonville, N.C., earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from East Carolina University, and a Master of Arts in Education in health education, also from ECU. She’s worked for VMC for 28 years and currently serves as a clinical nurse specialist in inpatient rehabilitation services. She has previously worked as a staff nurse, charge nurse, case manager and house supervisor. Herring is a member of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, Great North Carolina Chapter Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, Association of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, and the North Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association. She is also a certified rehabilitation registered nurse.

Deborah Waters – Waters, a Robersonville, N.C. native, earned a Master of Science in nursing from Walden University. She has worked at VMC for 28 years and presently serves as a patient care coordinator. She’s previously worked as a staff nurse, school health case manager and an assistant nurse manager. Waters is a certified periAnestheia registered nurse and is a member of the North Carolina Organization of Nurse Leaders, American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses, North Carolina Association of PeriAnesthesia Nurses, the local chapter of DownEast PeriAnesthesia Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau. 
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