ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WECT) - In 1988, a grassroots-nursing group created a way to recognize some of the outstanding registered nurses in North Carolina.
This month, a nurse with a long work history in her native Bladen County is one of those being honored, not only by the nurses around the state, but also as our Cape Fear Hero for November.
Terri Duncan has been a nurse more than half of her life, and has applied her talents in her native Bladen County. She has been a nurse for 26 years, 25 of those at the Bladen County Hospital, now part of Cape Fear Valley Medical Health Care.
Throughout the years, Duncan has worked in every unit of health care offered at the Hospital.
"I've had the honor of working from, actually, a breath away from a live delivery and seeing a birth, to the last breath that a person takes, and the miracle that is each time," said Terri Duncan.
Her current job is the nursing department's clinical educator.
"I'm responsible for the nursing education as well as any just in-time special education, equipment plus new policy and procedures," Duncan explained.
She also serves as a patient advocate by looking for ways to improve health care for all in need.
When she is not working, Duncan talks to civic and faith based groups about healthcare, touching on issues as senior health, exercise, proper nutrition and healthcare decision.
All of that work and dedication convinced her co-workers that she should be one of the 100 nurses to receive the Great 100 award. The special group of one hundred nurses are selected out of 115 thousand other nurses in the state.
"And in all my years of nursing, and I have been a nurse for 30 years, I have worked with some of the best and caring nurses that our profession has to offer, but when I think about Terri Duncan, for me, she is just the epitome of the nurse's nurse," said Beverly Grayman-Rich, Executive Director of Patient Care Services.
So for her dedication to her home county of Bladen, and her employer for the past twenty five years, we honor Bladen County Hospital Registered Nurse, Terri Duncan, as our November Cape Fear Hero.
For being selected as our November Cape Fear Heroes, the Duncan will receive a $500 gift certificate from Reed's Jewelers.