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From left, Robinson, Rowland and Hoilman

Originally published: 2013-05-13 11:34:33
Last modified: 2013-05-16 16:43:06

Appalachian Regional Healthcare honors nurses

by Anna Oakes

As part of National Nurses Week, observed May 6 to May 12, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System on May 7 distributed Nursing Excellence Awards to nurses from Watauga Medical Center, Cannon Memorial Hospital and Blowing Rock Hospital.

Melissa Robinson of Blowing Rock Hospital, Sandy Hoilman of Cannon Memorial and Pat Rowland of Watauga Medical Center are this year's award winners.

Robinson has worked at Blowing Rock Hospital for 13 years and will soon earn her Bachelor of Nursing degree. She is a member of the National Society of Allied Health and also volunteers at Roan Creek Elementary School in Mountain City, Tenn.

Hoilman came to work at Sloop Memorial in 1991, obtaining her nursing degree in 2003.

"Sandy is a dedicated nurse who has excellent critical thinking skills. She remains calm during stressful situations and always makes each of her patients feel that they are the most important," her nomination form stated.

Rowland has more than 15 years of experience as a registered nurse and has served in  numerous leadership and advisory roles. She has been a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses since 2005 and currently serves on the system's Professional Development Council and as a preceptor to nursing students.

A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Blowing Rock Hospital nurse Melissa Robinson would soon become a registered nurse. Robinson is currently a registered nurse and will soon earn her Bachelor of Nursing degree.