Nearly 500 registered nurses from across the state gathered in Raleigh on Thursday and Friday for the North Carolina Nurses Association’s (NCNA) 115th annual convention.
During the awards luncheon, NCNA inducted a past president into its Hall of Fame, named seven award winners, and celebrated the graduation of its 10th Leadership Academy.
Libby Carver of Graham was awarded Administration Nurse of the Year. At Duke University’s Health System, NCNA member Carver stepped up when the COVID pandemic arrived to help nurses and other healthcare workers.
As a nurse practitioner and nurse manager of the Employee Occupational Health and Wellness clinic, she was directly responsible for helping design and implement programs to get Duke employees tested, monitor their symptoms, and ensure proper quarantines. Carver quickly built and oversaw teams to staff and streamline the employee COVID hotline. She helped redeploy nurses to the front lines of the pandemic response and is credited with helping Duke withstand the Omicron wave earlier this year when more than a thousand employees were out sick at the same time.