Iredell Health System is proud to announce the recipients of its Nursing
Excellence Award for 2018. Mary Nance and Lisa Warren were honored at
the Iredell Health System nursing awards banquet on May 7. Each year,
Iredell Health System recognizes nurses who inspire others through compassion,
collaboration, leadership and innovation. In their own words, this year’s
honorees shared what has inspired them during their nursing careers.
Lisa Warren, MSN, MHA, RN
Lisa Warren has been a nurse with Iredell Health System for nearly 36 years,
but when she was young, she wanted to be an attorney. A personal loss
at the age of 17 put her on a different path.
“My daddy died at home and I felt so helpless,” said Warren.
“He had always wanted me to be a nurse, but I had other ideas. When
I didn't know what to do to help him, I decided I never wanted to
be in that situation again.”
Warren attended Davis Hospital School of Nursing and the University of
North Carolina at Greensboro where she earned her Bachelor of Science
in Nursing. She earned her Masters in Health Administration and her Masters
in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. She is currently the manager
of the cardiopulmonary rehab department and helps to coordinate many of
the community outreach efforts for the Health System.
One colleague wrote, “Lisa is always smiling and strives to create
a happy environment for both her patients and her staff. She is a great
listener, an advocate for her patients and staff, a wonderful educator,
and a true professional.”
“My favorite thing about my job is the joy I see on folk’s
faces when they see they can do something they had thought they could
never do again,” said Warren. “Their fear goes away and you
can see the confidence on their faces and I hope I may have played a small
part in their recovery.”
Mary Nance, RN-BC
As a young child, Mary Nance was a natural caregiver.
“I remember getting out the dressing materials and bandaging up the
cuts and scrapes of family members,” said Nance. “My mother,
who was such a caring and compassionate person, encouraged me to pursue
Nance had found her calling. She graduated from the Cabarrus Hospital of
Nursing and became a pediatric nurse. After several years she passed the
pediatric certification exam through the American Nurses Credentialing
Center. Little did she know, Nance says, that God put her in pediatrics
for a reason.
After a serious complication during childbirth, Nance’s first son
developed a severe form of cerebral palsy. She says taking care of her
son was the most important nursing job she ever had.
“It was no mistake that I was a pediatric nurse, since he was non-verbal,
non-ambulatory and suffered with daily seizures,” said Nance. “Not
only was I his mother, but I was his critical care nurse.”
Her son lost his brave fight when he was almost 15. To cope with his death,
Nance and her daughters started to volunteer with other special needs
and sick children. Now 33 years into her career, Nance works in the wellness
and cardiopulmonary rehab departments at Iredell Health System. Her colleagues
say they are inspired by her professionalism and her passion.
“Mary Nance serves her patients and our community with a heart filled
with compassion and motivation to make a difference in each life she touches,”
said Misty Kerr, manager of corporate wellness at Iredell Health System.
“She is willing to serve in a variety of roles and environments
and consistently reflects integrity, respect and compassion for our Health
System and the profession of nursing.”
“I sometimes wonder how I could have been so blessed to be in a profession
where I look forward to going to work at every opportunity,” said
Nance. "The old saying is really true: ‘Choose a job that you
love and you’ll never work a day in your life.’”
Iredell Health System is committed to taking care of the community, and
that includes supporting the professional development of nurses through
the Iredell Institute for Nursing Excellence and Innovation. A donation
to the Institute is one way to thank a nurse(s) who had a positive impact
on a patient or family. If you would like to support the Nursing Institute,