Over her 31-year career, Mary Nance, RN-BC, has shown her passion for making
a difference in the lives of others through nursing. Now the American
Health Council is recognizing Nance for her service and her contributions
to the community, naming her one of the 100 best nurses in North Carolina.
The American Health Council chose its "Best in Nursing" award
winners based upon their professional achievements and compassion in patient
care. The council interviewed nurses and reviewed their education, work
and volunteer history before selecting the honorees.
Nance is currently a wellness nurse with Iredell Health System, a position
she has held for the past six years. She also works with the cardiopulmonary
rehabilitation department in providing endurance screenings for firefighters
throughout Iredell County. She helps people to identify health risks and
to work on methods and lifestyle changes to improve their well-being.
She promotes wellness within the community, facilitating flu clinics and
blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol screenings.
Nance is also trained to help patients of all ages with various health
challenges. She is board certified in pediatrics through the American
Nurse Credentialing Center, which requires a minimum of 150 continuing
education hours every five years.
"I have worked with the tiniest of babies to the most fragile geriatric
patient," said Nance. "Regardless of their age, I strive to
provide compassionate care, in hopes of improving their quality of life."
Her passion for helping others extends beyond the healthcare setting. She
volunteers her nursing services within her church community and assists
caregivers with medically fragile family members. At Lifespan School,
she volunteers with babies and children who have special needs.
"I have come to realize that I am the one who has been blessed by
the smiles, kind words, and gratitude of my patients. I have never had
a job that I did not thoroughly enjoy. Every day that I go to work and
get to interact with my patients is a true blessing and incredible gift."