Rehabilitation Nurse Wins Award for Excellence

Rehabilitation Nurse Wins Award for Excellence click to enlarge Susan Carter, RN, CRRN

Susan Carter, RN, CRRN, has been recognized as “Nurse of the Year” from the UNC Health Care Rehabilitation Center. She became a nurse at the Center in August 2006 after working in other medical areas, including customer service.

“I choose nursing because I felt it was a way I could combine all my talents: customer service skills and abilities and put them to good use to help others,” Carter says. “When I have a client - who could not walk at all when admitted to rehabilitation - walk up to me with an assistive device and say, ‘Look what I am able to do now,’ it brings so much joy to my heart.”

Carter also is working as an interim intake coordinator. “This has been a great opportunity for me to see what happens before the client reaches our unit and will make me a more diversified rehabilitation nurse,” she says.

“She’s a leader on the floor, respected by her peers, and passionate about patient care,” says Mike Hartge, RN, CRRN, nurse manager.

Her nomination letter for the award noted her exemplary performance as a staff nurse as well as “immersing herself in a greater depth of knowledge and understanding of FIM™ (Functional Independence Measures).” Additionally, the letter states: “She has expanded her vision to buoy the nursing profession as a whole, and in so doing, positively impacts clinical outcomes.”