PCMH Nurses Honored

Eleven nurses at Pitt County Memorial Hospital have been honored by being named to the Great 100 Nurses list. The nurses exemplify and promote excellence in the nursing profession.

“Great 100 nurses are contributing to the exemplary care and outcomes for the residents of North Carolina,” said Steve Lawler, president of PCMH. “Many are certified in their specialty, have earned advanced degrees in nursing, are partners in the community, involved in nursing research and are committed to excellence in nursing practice. We are fortunate to have so many great nurses among our staff.”

The nurses from PCMH represent a sampling of towns surrounding Greenville. The nurses are:
Andy Barrett, Greenville
Jennie Blevins, Ayden
Linda Bond, Williamston
Tom Czaplijski, Greenville
Sheila Grimes, Washington
Debbie Hines, Kinston
Donna Moses, Greenville
La-Verne Mourning, Winterville
Alice Manuel, Greenville
Melanie Porter, Greenville
Tamara Spain, Bethel

Here are additional details about each nurse:

Andrew (Andy) Barrett of Greenville, NC. Barrett is the senior member of the advanced level practitioner staff for the Center of Excellence for Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at PCMH. He has more than 30 years experience in emergency and trauma care. He earned his undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (PA), his graduate degree from Gannon University in Erie (PA) and is certified as an adult nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. He has worked as an emergency medicine technician, paramedic, fight nurse, flight program director, rural health clinic provider, community hospital nurse practitioner, surgical recovery specialist for organ procurement agencies and as a nurse practitioner in two trauma centers.

Jennie Blevins of Ayden, NC. Blevins is an education nurse specialist for transplant, trauma and surgery divisions. She earned her undergraduate degree in nursing from Western Carolina University and received a masters degree in education from East Carolina University.
She has authored and published articles and has presented work at an American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACCN) convention. She is certified in advanced cardiac life support and is a basic life support instructor, is a member of the AACCN and the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. She also served as an adjunct faculty member of the ECU School of Nursing.

Linda Bond of Williamston, NC. Bond has worked at PCMH for 24 years and is currently an education nurse specialist for perioperative services.
She began her career as a staff nurse in the medicine division prior to joining the operating room staff where she worked as a staff nurse, quality representative and assistant nurse manager prior to her current position. Bond is a member of the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses. She earned her bachelor’s degree from ECU and is an active member of the Eagles Nest United Ministries in her church, where she serves as treasurer and as president of the women’s group.

Tom Czaplijski of Greenville, NC. Czaplijski began his career as a bedside nurse in a community hospital in Florida after completing a bachelor’s degree. He relocated to New York where he worked at University Hospital at Stony Brook, a 500-bed academic medical center and component of the SUNY Medical System. He spent 10 years of progressive leadership there, opening a new medical intensive care unit and developing the unit, ultimately serving as director of critical with oversight of all adult critical care services, including the emergency department. During his 20 years at PCMH, he worked as manager of outpatient services and grew to his current position as vice president for hospital operations.

Sheila Grimes of Washington, NC. Originally from Albemarle, NC, Grimes has been a nurse for 26 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Southern College in Orlando. She began work at PCMH in the operating room and became the unit educator from the unit, working up to the position of staff development assistant. She currently serves as the quality representative and as a safety coach for the operating room. She is a member of the Association of PeriOperative Nurses.

Debbie Hines of Kinston, NC. Hines has worked at PCMH for 25 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree from ECU and has worked in neuromedicine for 21 years. She currently works with patients in internal medicine and is a patient safety coach. She serves as a mentor for new nurses, has served as co-chair for the hospital’s quality committee and was a member of the team that helped PCMH earn its first Joint Commission certification as a stroke center. Hines is active in the community, participating in health screens and studies throughout the area. She received the Institute for Nursing Excellence Award in 2005 and the nursing excellence award from the North Carolina Nurses Association. She is a member of the AACCN.

Donna Moses of Greenville, NC. Moses began her career as a nursing assistant in Elizabeth City, followed by bachelor’s and master degrees in nursing from East Carolina University. She then worked in various roles at hospitals in Elizabeth City, Washington and Greenville, continually progressing to her current role as administrator for the Center for Learning and Performance at PCMH. She it a patient safety coach, serves on a multitude of committees and teams, and has made several presentations at national events and conferences. She has had several articles published and has been successful in securing thousands of dollars in grant funds.

La-Verne Mourning of Winterville, NC. Mourning is a staff development assistant at PCMH, where she began her career as a staff nurse in 1984.
She worked as a charge nurse and as a quality assurance representative.
As a staff development assistant, she provides educational opportunities for staff nurses across the organization and at the unit level. She also serves as a preceptor and mentor. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from North Carolina Central University.

Alice Manuel of Greenville, NC. Manuel began her career in England, where she worked in a cardiothoracic transplant unit in a renowned cardiovascular institute. She began her career at PCMH in 2003, where she worked in the cardiovascular surgical intermediate unit. She is certified in cardiac vascular nursing, cardiac surgical nursing and progressive care nursing specialties. Manuel is active in Nursing Retention Council, Professional Development Council, Certification Strike team, Diabetes Resource Nurse Team, Shared Governance and various advisory councils. She is also a “Go For The Gold” facilitator and mentor for all new PCMH nurses.

Melanie Porter of Greenville, NC. Porter is a staff development assistant for the cardiac intensive care unit at PCMH. She previously worked as a registered nurse in the unit, serving as preceptor for new nurses, charge nurse, and as an instructor for advanced life support, among other duties. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communication from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Barton College.

Tamara Spain of Bethel, NC. Spain has been a nurse for 22 years. She has worked with patients in trauma, transplant and general surgery. She currently serves as the trauma coordinator for PCMH.

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  • by sharon Location: pcmh on Dec 19, 2011 at 01:34 AM
    Glad to be a part of PCMH with such wonderful nurses
  • by Another Bedside RN Location: Greenville, NC on Dec 19, 2011 at 12:53 AM
    I agree with bedside RN. It is a shame that the nurses at the bedside are not the one being recognized. All 11 of theses folks are not in direct patient care with the exception of maybe 2. It is sad and quite frankly a slap in the face to those of us at the bedside. I have been to this ceremony when my mother won a few years ago for Rex hospital and all the other hospitals nominations were BEDSIDE RNs and hardly any of them were administrators,etc. Come on PCMH, give the credit where credit is due. How are these administrators demonstrating what a "great 100 nurse" represents? They are not!!!!!!
  • by Full time BEDside RN on Dec 17, 2011 at 11:28 PM
    Congrats to all of those named from PCMH... My only question is this: Other than Andy and a couple others, how long have each of the other nurses been away from full time direct patient care? Sure, its nice to coordinate, educate, serve on committees, or be an SDA, but why weren't some STAFF nurses named? I mean those of us that are in direct patient care and are not part of the education or leadership teams. This seems like a slap in the face to those of us that are consistently on the front lines promoting the UHS/PCMH mission. Please revisit this, PCMH, and you will see that ALL of the hardworking nurses and ALL support staff need more recognition and "Thank you." Gift cards and rare bonuses are wonderful and greatly appreciated, but recognition (the way that these nurses were recognized) would be incredible! We are there, at the Bedside; holding hands, delivering compassionate, competent, and holistic nursing services, and most of these RNs that were recognized are no longer at the Bedside full time. Some nurses have no aspiration to move away from the bedside, we are more than grateful to remain at the bedside, providing care and impacting lives of our patients, rather than aspiring to move away from the bedside to any other position. Bedside nursing is OUR true calling, and we remain true to it, just as those recognized remian true to their calling to aide the UHS vision and help to better the bedside nurses.
  • by One who knows... Location: Eastern NC on Dec 17, 2011 at 07:26 PM
    For further information about the NC Great 100, go to their web site www.great100.org - the nominations are blinded to the selection committee, comprised of registered nurses from across the state, so that there is no institutional bias. Any registered nurse licensed in North Carolina is eligible to be nominated, but only 100 are selected each year for this once in a lifetime honor.
  • by DW Location: Greenville on Dec 15, 2011 at 07:49 PM
    Please remember that it is nice to be a superstar nurse but it is really the everyday nurse that does not seek self attention but works hard for the love of the job and true concern for his or her patients the are the true backbone of the nursing staff. Shooting stars look great for a moment but fade away into the night.
  • by 009Nurse Location: Greenville on Dec 15, 2011 at 04:18 PM
    Congrats to these nurses. Where are the ones that provide direct care? All are important in healthcare, but the staff nurses make it happen. They need to recognized too. They make the nurses behind the desk look good.
  • by welldeserved on Dec 15, 2011 at 01:43 PM
    my mom was in the cardiac unit a couple of years ago. let me tell you i couldnt of asked for better nurses. professional and friendly and answered any questions that we had. now the drs were a different story. they were hardly there and couldnt answer any questions when they were. had the personality of a brick wall and at times didnt have a clue as to what they were doing. i still remember some of the nurses...GREAT JOB
  • by Carmin Location: Greenville on Dec 15, 2011 at 01:36 PM
    Congrats! Great job! So glad you are finally being recognized for the exceptional service you provide to us every day. :)
  • by Alpha Location: Kinston on Dec 15, 2011 at 01:00 PM
    Congrats. But no real nurses? Management level nurses tend to lose their skill levels when they stop being floor nurses. No nurses from LMH? No nurses from Craven? Was the voting done only on the Pitt Personnel? The healthcare team consists of Nurses Aids, LPNs, to RNs. A truly great organization would promote a team concept versus this pile of baloney
  • by the truth on Dec 15, 2011 at 11:16 AM
    Why aren't there any floor nurses on this list? These are all clipboard nurses. Get the real working nurses on this list.
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