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10 Halifax Regional Nurses Named to List Since 2007
ROANOKE RAPIDS, NC (September 12, 2010) — Audrey Hardy and Sarah R. Harris have many things in common.
They both are Registered Nurses at Halifax Regional. They both live in the area because they want to be near their families. Sarah was a junior volunteer at Halifax Regional on the floor where Audrey was the manager. While in college at UNC-CH, Sarah was a clerk at the Medical Center and reported to Audrey. Now, they have
Audrey Hardy, RN
something else in common: Each has been named to the Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina for 2010.
They bring to 10 the number of nurses at Halifax Regional who have been named to the list since 2007. “The selection of these outstanding nurses on the statewide list reflects the high level of quality of nursing offered at the Medical Center,” said Will Mahone, president. “Audrey and Sarah are ambassadors for Halifax Regional, and we are proud of them.”
The Great 100 is a grassroots organization honoring the nursing profession in North Carolina by recognizing 100 nurses annually who demonstrate excellence in practice and commitment to their profession. Contributed funds are used for scholarships for nursing education.
Hardy is a native of Northampton County and graduate of North Carolina A&T University with a degree in nursing. After college, she returned home to help care for her father, a farmer. Audrey was one of 12 children.  She started her career at Halifax Regional as a staff nurse in the medical surgical unit. Today, she is a manager of the unit.
Active in the community, Hardy is a former member of the Garysburg Town Commission and volunteers at the People’s Wellness Clinic in Garysburg, at Hannah’s Place, a domestic violence shelter and at the Free Clinic in Northampton County, which is sponsored by the Gregory B. Davis Foundation (GBDF)where she also serves on the GBDF Board. Audrey also is a member of the Roanoke Chapel Baptist Church in Jackson.
Along the way, Audrey has taught in the nursing program at Halifax Community College and earned her Master’s degree in nursing. She has two adult children and three grandchildren.
Harris is a staff nurse at The Birthing Center. “There is no other field as rewarding than helping a family bring a new life into the world,” she says. Sarah has gained a Specialty Certification in Inpatient Obstetrics. She chairs the Policy and Procedure committee for The Birthing Center and is a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.
“I wanted to obtain my bachelor’s degree in nursing and learn in a program that would expose me to the larger hospitals in North Carolina, so that I could come back home to Roanoke Rapids, where my family is, and apply what I learned in my own nursing career,” Harris explained.
Both her family and her husband’s family live here. “I could not work without their support,” Sarah says.  She and Steve have a toddler son, Talan, who was born at Halifax Regional.
Both Hardy and Harris want the community to know that there are many wonderful nurses at Halifax Regional. “The quality of care provided by the nurses at Halifax Regional is outstanding,” Harris says. “The nurses I work with inspire me to be a better nurse every day.”
“The public should know that nurses make an important difference in the quality of healthcare in our community,” Hardy concludes.