Rex is proud of Sheri Taylor, RN BSN IBCLC, Lactation Services, Women’s & Children’s Services, Fadwa Bousliman, RN PCCN, Team Leader, Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Services, and Rosemary Hill, RN BSN, Special Care Nursery, Women’s & Children’s Services, for being selected for this year’s list of the Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina. The prestigious list recognizes registered nurses for their outstanding professional abilities and commitment to improving health care in their communities. The list is compiled by The Great 100 Inc., a grassroots, peer recognition organization that honors the nursing profession in North Carolina.
In honor of their accolade, we asked Sheri and Fadwa to share what being a Great 100 nurse means to them.
Sheri Taylor, RN BSN IBCLC, Lactation Services, Women’s & Children’s Services:
Many months ago, my supervisor let me know she was nominating me for the Great 100. I was grateful for the confidence and trust that she had in me and humbled by her wanting to take the time to fill out the application.
Last month, I got notification in the mail that I had been selected to be one of 2015 Great 100 nurses. I was excited that I was selected. I was excited that I could represent not only myself, but nursing in Women’s and Children’s, and nursing at Rex.
As the news spread to my friends, family, and colleagues that I had been selected, the kind words and comments that have come my way have been overwhelming. People I didn’t even know very well were congratulating me. People who did know me well gave me words of praise. My colleagues were as excited as I was. It was like having a celebration every day at work. Most humbling of all were the words of praise from some of the families I have worked with over the years.
I am more appreciative of my role in helping new families than ever before. I wish every nurse could hear the words of appreciation, support, and praise that I have heard since being named a Great 100 nurse. I have never been prouder of being a nurse.
Fadwa Bousliman, RN PCCN, Team Leader, Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Services:
I started working on Three West eight years ago as a foreign nurse, struggling with her communication skills. My assets were a big heart and a sense of humor. I was determined to make my patients’ lives a little better, at least during my shift. I have been fortunate to work with a great team and a wonderful manager; they inspired, directed, and encouraged me. Since then I have grown to become the go-to person on my unit.
I never dreamed that I would win any award. I certainly wasn’t doing anything for it – I was doing my job, a job that I love. When my manager, Janice Laurore, informed me that she nominated me for the Great 100 Nurses for North Carolina award, I was thrilled. It’s meaningful to know that someone believes you are good enough to deserve an award. I told my manager that being nominated is a win in itself.
When I got the letter confirming that I was selected as a Great 100 Nurse, I was ecstatic. I called my manager on her cellphone to inform her. We were screaming on the phone like teenagers! Winning this award has taught me that with hard working anything is possible. It motivated me to do an even better job.
Words cannot express how happy and proud I am to receive this award. I feel valued and appreciated. I am deeply thankful and grateful for this award.