School of Nursing

Nurses Day Celebration 2017

21st Annual Nurses Day Celebration

Hosted by
University of North Carolina Wilmington
School of Nursing
Southeast Region of NCNA

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Social, Raffle, and Silent Auction: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Dinner and Program: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The Burney Center Ballroom
UNCW Campus
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

  • All nurses - young and old, working and retired - are invited to the Nurses Day Celebration.
  • This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate nursing and nurses!


  • Enjoy a wonderful dinner and celebration with colleagues and friends of Nursing
  • Celebrate with the 2017 nurse honorees and scholarship recipients
  • Recognize, applaud, and congratulate nurses for their contributions to nursing practice, public health, long-term care, education, research, administration, and leadership
  • Feel energized, excited, and renewed
  • Experience an evening of fun, food, and fellowship!
  • Have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets or bid on silent auction items to support student nursing scholarships (cash or checks only)

Nominate a Nurse to be Celebrated at
Nurses Day Celebration 2017

Nominee Criteria

  1. Currently Licensed LPN or RN in North Carolina
  2. Has not been honored at a Nurses Day Celebration since  2011
    • To confirm, please check previous recipients listed on the sidebar:  
  3. Positive role model for the nursing profession
  4. Self-nominations will not be accepted

If a nominee meets these criteria, please have:

  1. A digital photo of nominee taken in the workplace (not an employee ID picture)
  2. The nominee's name as you would like it to appear on the certificate
  3. Written description on how the nominee has been a positive role model for the nursing profession in 25 words or less
  4. Email digital picture and description of nurse honoree by Monday, 4/24/2017 in order to be included in the evening’s photo loop, to Debra Simson,

Nurses Day Celebration Committee Members

  • Marge Verzella, UNCW School of Nursing, Chair
  • April Blizzard, Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center
  • Kelly Cahill, Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center
  • Erin Escarsega, Cape Fear Community College, UNCW
  • Cynthia Faulkner, New Hanover Regional Medical Center
  • Jayne S. Gee, NCNA, Southeast Region
  • Saralyn Gillikin, SEAHEC
  • Elizabeth Grace, NCNA, Southeast Region
  • Martha Hepler, UNCW School of Nursing
  • Terry Hickey, NCNA, Southeast Region
  • Amanda Jeffries, UNCW School of Nursing
  • Karen Juma, New Hanover Regional Medical Center
  • Carolyn McCormick, Cape Fear Community College
  • Michelle McEwen-Campbell, UNCW School of Nursing
  • Lorraine Murray, Veterans Administration, Wilmington
  • Jeanette Orr, Onslow Memorial Hospital
  • Carmen Parks, Brunswick Community College
  • Lynette Pinkston, Brunswick Novant Medical Center
  • Sandra M. Robinson, NCNA, Southeast Region
  • Katie Rockwell, Veterans Administration, Wilmington
  • Cynthia Schweizer, UNCW School of Nursing
  • Debra Simpson, UNCW School of Nursing
  • Lisa Snow, Cape Fear Community College
  • Natalie Swiger, Dosher Memorial Hospital
  • Colette Waddill, Cape Fear Community College