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Nursing Students graduate orientation in Western North Carolina

Eleven nursing graduate students from Tri-County Community College, Gardner-Webb University and Western Carolina University were recognized on June 25 for successfully completing an intensive six-week orientation program at Murphy Medical Center.

“I’m very proud of these outstanding nurses,” said Diane Dockery, professional development coordinator, who mentored the group throughout the rigorous program. “Each one of them showed exemplary compassion and dedication to excellence we strive to provide for our patients and their families every day.”

Throughout the six-week program, the nurses completed orientation education, expanded their hands-on experience with healthcare equipment and gained a better understanding of how their jobs impacted others. In addition to their full-time commitment, all of the nurses were preparing for their upcoming registered nurse board examinations.

While working at their individual specialties of study, the nurses also received training in the hospital’s intensive care unit, medical-surgical unit, operating room and emergency department to provide a greater understanding of inter-departmental collaboration – a necessity in today’s healthcare system.

“This is an amazing group of individuals we have the pleasure to be working with,” Dockery said. “Each one is an asset to Murphy Medical Center and to everyone in our local communities.”

As Cherokee County’s largest employer, Murphy Medical has more than 530 full- and part-time workers on staff, including more than 400 nursing care providers.

For details, call 837-8161, or visit the hospital’s website at

Photo and Article courtesey of the Cherokee Scout