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Vidant Medical Center team member recognized as North Carolina’s School Nurse Administrator of the Year

January 17, 2018 posted by Erica Mizelle

GREENVILLE – The School Nurse Association of North Carolina (SNANC) recently named Terri L. Joyner, MSN, RN, NCSN, its School Nurse Administrator of the Year.

Ms. Joyner, who has served Vidant Medical Center (VMC) in a variety of roles in her 30-year career, has been a member of the hospital’s School Health team for 15 years. “This is by far the most rewarding job—there is nothing more rewarding than being a school nurse,” Joyner said. “It’s a very different level of care than most nurses experience. It’s long-term, life-impacting care.”

VMC’s School Health Program began in March 1996, with its growth attributed in part to Terri’s contributions and leadership. Her oversight of 20 school nurses who serve 37 schools in Pitt County has a wide-reaching impact on the care students receive every day.

“Terri is responsible for 24,000 students—24,000 sets of parents—and 3,000 staff,” said Catherine Dews Nelson, BS, RDH, MPA, senior administrator for Community Health Programs at VMC. “The scope alone is mind-boggling, especially when you consider anything can happen at any time, any day that might require a nurse’s attention. The entire community benefits greatly from the dedication and expertise Terri brings to the work.”

Nominees for the annual distinction must demonstrate experience in school health; currently practice full time; supervise, administer and coordinate nursing service and health programs; and meet standards of excellence in school nursing administration based upon the American Nurses Association’s Scope and Standards for Nurse Administrators.

“She is beloved by her staff and peers for her positivity, energy and hard work; qualities that made our choice clear,” said SNANC President Amy McAteer-Jones, BSN, RN, NCSN.

Note: Photo attached. Caption: Liz Newlin, former president of SNANC (left) presents Terri Joyner (right) with the 2017 School Nurse Administrator of the Year Award.




About School Nurse Association of North Carolina

School Nurse Association of North Carolina is affiliated with the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), a non-profit specialty nursing organization, first organized in 1968 and incorporated in 1977. NASN represents school nurses exclusively, with more than 16,000 members and 50 affiliate school nurse organizations. The mission of NASN is to optimize student health and learning by advancing the practice of school nursing.


About Vidant Health

Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,447-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 12,000 employees, eight hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician and provider group with more than 420 providers in more than 80 practice sites 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
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