Gaston College Nursing Instructor is one of the Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina for 2017

Gaston College Nursing Instructor is one of the Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina for 2017

Gaston College Nursing Instructor is one of the Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina for 2017

Carolyn Glover, a part-time instructor in the Gaston College Nursing program, has been named one Glover Carolyn photoof the Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina for 2017. The award is given by The Great 100, Inc., a grassroots peer recognition organization that annually acknowledges 100 North Carolina nurses who demonstrate excellence in practice and commitment to their profession.

Glover, a Registered Nurse (RN), who also holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, was nominated for the award by Sandy Langheld, an Instructor in the Associate Degree Nursing program at Gaston College. In the Great 100 Nurses nomination form, Langheld provided examples of and testimonials to Glover’s professionalism; integrity and honesty; commitment; caring; and dynamism throughout her nursing career. In preparation for completing the nomination form, Langheld gathered anecdotal stories about Glover’s impact by posting a “call for community comments” on social media. The post was shared 174 times in a few days and resulted in 104 comments and 307 “likes” or “loves.”

“For over six decades,” Langheld wrote, “Glover has exemplified the hallmarks of professionalism. She has held a nursing license for 60 years, with over half of her career serving in nursing education. She has facilitated the learning of several thousand students and is dedicated to advancing the profession of nursing.”

Serving her community as a parish nurse and providing holistic nursing care through numerous mission trips exemplify Glover’s commitment to her profession. As a breast cancer survivor herself, she serves as an advisor the “Pink Ribbon Club,” a breast cancer survivor group. “Before she was a phenomenal nursing instructor, she was a phenomenal director of nursing at a 400-plus bed community hospital,” said a comment on social media. “She made all the employees feel valued and comfortable and she advocated for nursing and the patients. She was treasured and respected by all the staff and nurses.”

One of Glover’s former students commented, “She had an enormous amount of caring and compassion. She was the best nursing instructor ever because of her true caring nature. She taught us to show compassion to our patients (and to ourselves), and she taught us to treat everyone with dignity and kindness because that is the core of nursing.”

Glover is known for her enthusiasm and energy. “She has more energy than the students who are one-quarter her age,” Langfeld wrote. “She will be the first here and the last to leave each day, often staying longer for students who need more.”

Her current and former co-workers and students agree that Glover is a dynamic nurse who Carolyn Glover with manikinexemplifies outstanding dedication, commitment and professionalism in nursing education, and that her 60 years of service could stand alone as a testament to her enormous contributions to nursing education and care of the community.

“Mrs. Carolyn Glover is an inspiration to all,” said Angela King, Chair of Associate Degree Nursing at Gaston College. “She has mentored so many people in her lifetime, especially Gaston College nursing students. Carolyn is one of the most hardworking, loving, and compassionate nurses I have ever met. She is our Florence Nightingale of nursing.”

The award is a highlight of Glover’s career. “I have been in nursing practice for 61 years, and nursing has always been my passion,” she said. “I have been blessed with many opportunities to practice my profession. When I was part of the administrative team and assisted in planning and relocating Gaston Memorial Hospital to its new location (CaroMont Regional Medical Center) in December 1973, I felt that was the epitome, but the privilege of being selected as one of the Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina tops it all.”

Glover’s experience at Gaston College has also been gratifying. “For the past 21 years, I have been a part-time faculty member with the Associate Degree Nursing program at Gaston College,” she said. “It’s an honor to work alongside a group of incredible, student-friendly educators. It is a privilege to be associated with this dynamic growing institution. It has all been my great honor and pleasure.”

Glover and the other 100 Great Nurses award recipients will be honored at a gala awards ceremony on Saturday, October 14, at the Concord Convention Center in Concord, North Carolina.

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