MOUNT OLIVE - The Great 100 Nurses, which promotes nursing excellence in North Carolina, has recognized University of Mount Olive RN to BSN student Lauren Worley of Clayton, NC as one of the 2017 Great 100 Nurses.
This non-profit organization creates peer recognition among North Carolina’s registered nurses, as well as awards excellence in practice and commitment to the nursing profession. Worley was awarded with a scholarship of $2,000. Scholarship recipients are selected by the School of Nursing based on students’ scholastic achievement, character, and contribution to the nursing profession.
Worley earned her RN from Watt’s School of Nursing in 2014. She is expected to complete her RN to BSN degree from the University of Mount Olive in the spring of 2018. She is employed with WakeMed Health & Hospital as a float pool RN.
“I feel I am meant to be a nurse because I love serving people,” she said. “I find great fulfillment in caring, nurturing, and educating others. Also, I have faced some adversities in my life which granted me the presence of mind to care for other with a nonjudgmental attitude.”
Worley believes in the power education has in opening opportunities for nurses. “The education I am receiving through the University of Mount Olive RN-BSN program prepares me to take a professional position in healthcare reform, nursing policy reform, and research,” she said.
Worley’s future goals include joining two professional nursing organizations; the ANA and NCNA. She wants to become involved in healthcare reform and nursing policy reform.
“I believe membership with the ANA and NCNA will provide me an avenue for continued learning and professional growth,” she stated. “Additionally, I have a great interest in research, evidence-based practice, and writing. I hope to find a way to merge these three interest with my passion for bedside nursing.”
Worley and her husband, Josh, have two children Jaxon (4) and Everly (2). They attend XRC Church in Clayton
The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College. For more information, visit www.umo.edu.