Carrie comes to us from Durham Regional Hospital, where she specialized in psychiatric nursing on the inpatient Behavioral Health Unit. While working with adult psychiatric patients, Carrie received the Duke Friends of Nursing Excellence Award: Medical Staff Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice, a prestigious honor given for exceptional and compassionate nursing care.
She is also pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Family Nurse Practitioner, RN-MSN Program. As a graduate of the Watts School of Nursing in Durham, Carrie was a member of the Santa Filomena Honor Society and received the Watts School of Nursing: Florence Nightingale Award which is given by faculty and staff to the graduating student nurse “we would want to take care of us or our family in times of illness or crisis.”
Carrie is a passionate educator and patient advocate. As the unit educator at Durham Regional Hospital, she presented “Identifying Depression”, “Personality Disorders”, and “Mindfulness-Based Stress Management and Reduction” as part of the DRH Staff Education Series and wrote and participated in the creation of “Code Gray: Therapeutic Containment Team,” a video education tool for DRH staff. She is committed to educating student nurses and is a guest lecturer at the Duke University School of Nursing where she presents “Identifying and Caring for Patients with Personality Disorders in Primary/Non-Psychiatric Care Settings” each semester.
Prior to becoming a nurse, Carrie graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Art Education, and worked as a teacher in a wide variety of settings in Ohio, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Her background in public and private schools has afforded her a wealth of knowledge and experience in dealing with the challenges that adolescents face today. Additionally, she worked with at-risk youths and their families in an intense, experiential education wilderness program.