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Wilmington, NC – Eight Lower Cape Fear Hospice nurses were recognized at the 23rd Annual Nurses Day Celebration at UNCW Tuesday, May 7.
The celebration, held each year during National Nurses Week, recognizes working and retired nurses. Nurses who have been nominated for recognition are celebrated, as well as nursing scholarship nominees.

This year’s nurse honorees from Lower Cape Fear Hospice (LCFH) included Jean Butts, Admissions Nurse; Megan Cartrette, Registered Nurse; Kristy Fulks, Registered Nurse; Sarah Gwathmey, Registered Nurse; Ponee Lowery, Registered Nurse; Diane Lozier, Registered Nurse; Rebecca Reeves, H Registered Nurse; and Annie Smith, Registered Nurse.

National Nurses Week is recognized every year from May 6 to May 12 to celebrate and elevate the nursing profession. The Annual Nurses Day Celebration is hosted each year during National Nurses Week by UNCW School of Nursing and the Southeast Region of the NC Nurses
Association.

“It’s definitely an honor and a privilege, to be there when someone’s born or when they pass,” Kristy Fulks said recently. “You do cry, you cry with their families. But there’s more happy days than sad days. The hardest part isn’t the patient passing; it’s the families who are grieving.”

Fulks was already a nurse when her own mother entered hospice care.
“As we went through the hospice process, I decided I was going to do that. I wanted to give back what I received,” Fulks added.
“Nurses are at the heart of our mission, ensuring that our patients and their have families have the highest level of care,” said Gwen Whitley, LCFH President and CEO. “We appreciate the hard work, dedication and compassion that our nurses show every single day.”

Lower Cape Fear Hospice is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the highest level of care and comfort to patients with life-limiting illness; support and counseling to families; and education to the community. For more information, visit lcfh.org.

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