School of Nursing Newsletter

Nurses Day Celebration 2017

Blaise BolanThe 20th Annual Nurses Day Celebration, hosted by the SON and the N.C. Nurses’ Association, District 22, celebrated the 2017 National Nurses Week with a dinner celebration on May 11. Blaise Bolan (BSN ’97, MSN ’10) was awarded the School of Nursing Alumna Award.  

Since graduating from the prelicensure program in ’97, Bolan has worked on critical care units and on the Progressive Care Unit at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Nurses and nurse educators whom she has mentored are too numerous to name, many of whom continue to seek her advice. In ’14 she became the unofficial stroke educator and resource throughout NHRMC. Her contributions in this area helped NHRMC in ’15 earn the Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers from the Joint Commission. Bolan has served as a clinical instructor for Cape Fear Community College since ’01 and has served as one of our second semester clinical instructors since ’10. She is routinely recognized by her students for her clinical leadership and the impact she has made upon their careers. It is not uncommon for many of Bolan’s former patients to return to the NHRMC to specifically express their gratitude for her care and concern shown during hospitalization. We congratulate Blaise on this well-deserved recognition.

Also at the dinner celebration several individuals from southeastern N.C. were awarded scholarships through the N.C. Nurses’ Association District 22, the Catherine Boyd Spell Nursing Foundation and the Angie Fisher Scholarship. Kelly Laham was awarded a scholarship by the NCNA for her DNP studies. Nurses and nurse practitioners in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick Counties were recognized for their contributions to nursing.