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Vidant Health recognized among Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina

October 18, 2018 by Brian Wudkwych

Greenville, N.C. – Eight Vidant Health nurses have been named to the Great 100 Nurses class of 2018.

The Vidant nurses chosen for the honor exemplify continued professional growth, inspiring those around them with their commitment to improving the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina.

The Great 100 Nurses nonprofit organization offers the annual honor as a way for peers to recognize and promote nursing excellence throughout the state of North Carolina. Each honoree will be recognized at a gala event on Oct. 20 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The Vidant Health nurses chosen this year are:

Cindy Stilley, BA, BSN, RN, CMSRN is an assistant nurse manager in the Surgical Intermediate Unit at Vidant Medical Center. She has been with Vidant for eight years, and has been in her current role for three years. Cindy earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Pitt Community College, and bachelor’s degrees in nursing and chemistry from East Carolina University. She is medical-surgical certified and is a Basic Life Support instructor and has an Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification from the American Heart Association. Cindy is a member of the Society of Trauma Nurses organization.

 

Dee Ann Speer, BSN, RN, RNC-NIC is a staff nurse IV in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Vidant Medical Center. She has been with Vidant for 33 years, all of which have been in her current role. Dee Ann earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from East Carolina University. She is a certified Basic Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation Provider. Dee Ann is a member of the Academy of Neonatal Nursing and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.


 

Dwayne Godwin, BSN, RN is an assistant nurse manager in the Neurosciences Intermediate Unit at Vidant Medical Center. He has been with Vidant for nine years, and has served in his current role for nine months. Dwayne earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Southeastern Community College and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from East Carolina University. In addition, he is Advanced Stroke Life Support, Emergency Neurological Life Support and Stroke Response Team certified, and is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and American Association of Neuroscience Nurses.

 

Kim Hawkins, BSN, RN, OCN, RN-BC is a staff nurse IV in the Surgical Oncology Unit at Vidant Medical Center. She has been with Vidant for 29 years, and has served in her current role for nine years. Kim earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from East Carolina University, and is Oncology and medical-surgical certified. She is a member of the North Carolina Organization of Nurse Leaders and Organization of Nurse Leaders and the Oncology Nurse Society.



 

Judy B. Koutlas, RN, MS, OCN is manager for oncology navigation for Vidant Cancer Care. She has been with Vidant for five years, all in her current role. Judy earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati, and a master’s degree in science with a clinical oncology nurse specialist major from Rush University. A certified Oncology Nurse, she is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society and North Carolina Oncology Navigator Association.



 

Krystal Kennedy, BSN, RN, CCRN is a staff nurse IV in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Vidant Medical Center. She has been with Vidant for seven years, and started in her current role within six months of joining the organization. Krystal earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Pitt Community College and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from East Carolina University. She is a certified Critical Care Registered Nurse, Advanced Cardiac Life Support provider and is a member of the American Nurse Association, North Carolina Nurses Association, and American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.


Sally Caviness, BSN, RN, CCRN is a staff nurse IV in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Vidant Medical Center. She has been with Vidant 21 years, the last 16 of which have been in her current role. Sally earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from East Carolina University. She is a certified Critical Care Registered Nurse and Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor, and is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.



 

Vicki Phillips, MSN, RN, RN-BC is an Infection Preventionist III in Infection Control at Vidant Medical Center. She joined Vidant 28 years ago, and has been in her current role for one year. Vicki earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from East Carolina University. She is a registered nurse – board certified, and a member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society - Beta Nu Chapter at East Carolina University, Nurses Christian Fellowship and Pirate Nurse Network.

 


Media contact: Brian Wudkwych, 252-214-0782 or brian.wudkwych@vidanthealth.com

 

About Vidant Health
Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,512-bed health system that annually serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is made up of more than 12,500 employees, eight hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician and provider group with more than 500 providers in more than 90 locations in eastern North Carolina. Vidant is affiliated with The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a major resource for health services and education, Vidant has a mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina. For more information, visit www.vidanthealth.com.

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