2017 HBCU Careers Magazine


Duke Nurses are playing an integral role in transforming health care as leaders within our health system and through their involvement in professional organizations. They are supported in attaining advanced skills and professional degrees. And they are valued and respected professional colleagues. Duke Nurses also have all of the advantages of working in a health system that has achieved Magnet ® recognition and that takes pride in world-class facilities and innovative technologies. And, they benefit from living and working in an area that embraces and celebrates diversity, and that has an enviable quality of life. Annually, Duke Nursing presents 36 Excellence Awards to outstanding nurses. Nominations come from our patients and their families and friends, as well as from colleagues. At least three of our 2016 winners attended HBCUs. These three winners are featured, below, with brief excerpts from their nominations.

Cheryl Brewer, PhD, MSN, RN Associate Vice President, Nursing Private Diagnostic Clinic, PLLC Clinical Associate Faculty, Duke University School of Nursing Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership BSN: North Carolina Central University Webster’s Dictionary defines “friend” as a person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, a companion, a confidante. Cheryl meets that very definition for 41 Private Diagnostic Clinic Nurse Managers. This amazing woman has placed her guiding arms around us to help cultivate friendships and develop current and future leaders. With humor, humility and empathy, she has reignited for us all that nursing stands for: compassion, collaboration, professionalism and innovation. She is truly invested in the personal and professional growth of each and every nurse within the Nurse Manager group and beyond.

McKenzie Daniel, BSN, RN Clinical Lead

Eve K. Hammett, MSN, RN-C, CNM Nurse Manager Duke Birthing Center

Duke Children’s Primary Care Private Diagnostic Clinic, PLLC Mary Ann & Robert H. Peter Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice BSN: North CarolinaAgricultural &Technical State University McKenzie is an expert clinician who practices autonomously and consistently with professional

Duke University Hospital Certified Nurse Midwife Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Duke University School of Medicine Award for Excellence inWomen’s Health Nursing BSN: North Carolina Central University

In addition to working in her full-time role as a nurse manager, this leader is also anAdvanced Practice Provider. She spends many hours per month working elbow-to-elbow with her staff. This role provides a unique perspective of the work being done on the unit and allows her to see what types of challenges her team is facing on a day-to-day basis. In this role, she is able to not only deliver excellent patient care, but is also able to better care for her team. She jumps in to help them on busy days, and provides moral support when needed.

standards of care. She promotes the professional role of the nurse, including capability, accountability, authority and responsibility for one’s own practice. She provides continuity and coordination of care and incorporates evidence-based practice into daily holistic patient care focusing on body, mind and spirit. Of note is her work with our anticoagulation patients. She has standardized and educated all other Medicine-Pediatrics RNs in the care and communication of the anticoagulation lab results and patient education associated with this. McKenzie is a true asset to the team here at Duke.

Nurses at every point in their careers can become a part of nursing excellence at Duke Health. For more information about opportunities for a lifetime, contact a Duke Nursing recruiter today (dukenursing.org or 1-800-232-6877).

U.S. News &World Report Duke University Hospital (#1), Duke Raleigh Hospital (#11) and Duke Regional Hospital (#16) are proud to have been selected as top hospitals in North Carolina by U.S. News &World Report (2016).

Duke Raleigh Hospital and selected units of Duke Regional Hospital and Duke University Hospital have been recognized by the NCNA with Hallmarks of Healthy Workplaces.

Duke University Health System is very proud to have achieved Magnet recognition (2014).

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