The Great 100 Nurses, which promotes nursing excellence in our state, has recognized nine Vidant Health nurses in its list of the 2012 Great 100 Nurses.
The non-profit organization gives out this honor once a year.
Seven nurses work within various departments at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. However, there are two other nurses honored on the list. One nurse works at Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital and the other nurse works at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital in Tarboro.
Nancy Bouldin is one of the few registered nurses selected this year from Greenville.
According to her biography released by Vidant Health, "Bouldin joined Vidant Medical Center in 1992, serving as a registered nurse in the cardiovascular surgery intensive care unit. She currently teaches bedside nursing practices and pacemaker classes at Vidant Medical Center for nursing staff in the pediatric intensive care unit, the emergency department and the East Carolina Heart Institute."
"Just to know that I was nominated was amazing," Bouldin said.
However, when she received notification that she was selected she said she felt overwhelmed.
"I was amazed. I got the letter in the mail and it was a congratulations out of 83,000 nurses in the state of North Carolina you are considered in the top 100 for 2012. I went to my knees. So, I was pretty excited about it. This is the highlight of my career," Bouldin said.
Nancy has been working as a nurse for thirty-four years and said she's never questioned choosing nursing as her profession.
"I do a lot of patting on arms [and] it's going to be okay. A lot of reassurance. To me, the most gratifying [part of nursing] is touching the patients and their families lives and having an impact on their future health. As well as making them comfortable about something that's very tough on a lot of people when they come to the hospital," Bouldin said.
Teaching her patients and families how to care for themselves or loved ones is an important part of the recovery process.
"[They are often] scared and they aren't in their home environment so [I always say] 'I might be repeating myself but this is very important' and by the time they go home they're prepared to take care of themselves," she said.
All nine Eastern Carolina nurses will be recognized at a gala on October 13, 2012 in Greensboro.
Bouldin said her son and daughter-in-law plan to come into town for the event.