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Four Wayne Memorial Hospital Nurses Receive State Honor

Four Registered Nurses at Wayne Memorial Hospital were recognized for excellence in nursing Saturday at North Carolina’s annual Great 100 Nurses Gala in Greensboro.

Becky Byrd, Kim Muntz, Patricia Austin and Yvonne R. Williams are four of 100 nurses from across the state who were honored this year.

Byrd works in the Wayne Memorial Hospital operating room and has worked at the hospital since 1976. She earned an associate’s degree in nursing at Wayne Community College and a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Atlantic Christian College. She is a Certified Operating Room Nurse. She has worked in the OR as a staff nurse, specialty team leader and currently is the clinical educator for Surgical Services.

Muntz, a Wayne Memorial Hospital employee for eight years, works in the Dialysis Department. She earned an associate’s degree in nursing at Wayne Community College and has more than 19 years of experience as a dialysis nurse.

Austin earned a diploma in nursing from Lenoir Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and a bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2001, she earned a master’s degree in Public Administration at Troy State University. She worked at Wayne Memorial during the 1980s as an orthopedic nurse before joining the U.S. Air Force as a Women’s Health/Obstetrics and Gynecology nurse. She returned to Wayne Memorial Hospital in 2006 as a nurse in the Pediatrics Department, where she continues to work.

Williams earned an associate’s degree in nursing at James Sprunt Community College and has worked at Wayne Memorial Hospital for 26 years in the Oncology Department. She has worked the last six years in outpatient infusion therapy and is a chemotherapy-certified registered nurse.

All four are past recipients of the Nurse Excellence Award at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

The mission of The Great 100 is to positively impact the image of nursing by recognizing nurse excellence and providing scholarships for nursing education in North Carolina. Each year, 100 nurses from all areas of nursing practice settings in North Carolina are recognized. Candidates are nominated for making a difference in their community and professional setting through their commitment to excellence. The Great 100 was organized in 1988 and has awarded more than $459,000 for nursing scholarships.

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