Alicia Johnson made her decision to become a nurse at just about the same age of many of her patients.

When she was 8, Carol Henry had a dream about being a public health nurse.

Many nurses mention their interactions with patients as one of the motivational components of their career. But Christi White’s nomination highlighted her work with a patient who offers no response.

Diana Harris transitioned from nursing to teaching Walkertown High School students about careers in the health field.

Holly Burdette loves working with children because they make her laugh.

After her father had extensive back surgery and spent time in the Neuro ICU at Moses Cone Health, Karen Newnam remembers thinking that she might find a nursing career rewarding. She was 14 years old at the time, but that early experience segued into an eventual Emergency Department career at…

Kaye Fuson says her attitude is one of the reasons she’s been in nursing for 31 years.

Laurie Epperson has firsthand knowledge of how important nurses are to patients and their families.

Rachel Smith works in what many people consider one of the most heart-wrenching departments of a hospital — pediatric hematology/oncology. But for Smith, her career decision represented a desire to help others in the same way she had once been helped.

Rick Diehl answered a calling at age 53 to leave a 24-year career in environmental water quality and attend nursing school.

Shawn Houck worked as a nurse and in hospital marketing before she began managing interdisciplinary professional development health-care conferences in the Triad and Triangle.

Tara Dark registered for a two-year accounting degree but, “Somehow over the summer before I started, I switched over to four years of nursing,” she says.

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