A Lowgap woman has been lauded for her years of service working with some of the state’s most vulnerable residents.
Ginger Wilkins was recently selected as one of the Great 100 nurses in North Carolina, an honor she said was completely unexpected.
“It was really a surprise,” she said Thursday. “There are 26,000 nurses in the state, and only 100 are recognized this way, so I certainly was surprised to be nominated, much less win.”
And the fact that she was nominated by her co-workers makes the award all the more special, Wilkins said.
“It meant a lot to me that they took the time to fill out such an involved application,” she said with a laugh. “The application process is almost like writing a resume, including your career achievements, so it wasn’t something I’d ever nominate myself for.”
She received the honor during an Oct. 12, black tie event at the Raleigh Convention Center.
Wilkins, the daughter of Board of Commissioners Member R.F. “Buck” Golding and his wife Shirley, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she received a degree in nursing. She went on to receive a master’s degree in nursing education from Duke University.
Wilkins was employed for 26 years in pediatric critical care, intensive care and trauma, at the Duke University Medical Center.
After retiring from Duke, she was recruited by Brenner’s Children’s Hospital, where she serves as the manager and director of the hospital’s pediatric trauma unit.
She said Thursday that she’s always been interested in working in a trauma unit.
“I’ve always liked critical care,” she said. “And when Brenner’s called, I had the critical knowledge, and working in critical care, you have the opportunity to improve the condition of the patient from the time of injury until they go home.”
And for Wilkins, the award is less about her and more about her co-workers.
“I work with a great team of people,” she said. “It’s not just me.”
Wilkins lives in Lowgap with her husband Charles. The couple have three children.
The Great 100 award is a grassroots peer recognition organization honoring nurses’ impact on the state.
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