Bowman & Tetlow Among "Great 100" NC Nurses

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Pamela Bowman, MSN, RN, OCN, Unit 9300 and Meagan Salmon, RN, BSN, OCN.
Pamela Bowman, MSN, RN, OCN, Unit 9300, instructs her mentee Meagan Salmon, RN, BSN, OCN, on training methods for instructing other nurses in oncology emergency procedures. (2019)

Duke Cancer Institute nurses Pam Bowman, MSN, RN, OCN, and Marybeth Tetlow, MSN, RN, BMTCN, CPN, CNIV, were named over the summer to the 2020 Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina and subsequently honored in a virtual ceremony — the 32nd Annual NC Great 100 Gala — on October 10.

Founded in 1988, Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina recognizes and honors registered nurses across North Carolina for their commitment to excellence and promotes a positive image of the nursing profession. The organization supports nursing education through a scholarship program and recognizes nursing excellence through the Great 100 awards program.

Marybeth Tetlow
Marybeth Tetlow, MSN, RN, BMTCN, CPN, CNIV

With funds raised through contributions, the Great 100 selects nursing schools to receive scholarships, using a random process. The schools’ faculty and staff then choose the most deserving students. Over the years, the Great 100 has presented 427 scholarships worth $736,000.

Bowman is a nurse on Unit 9300 at Duke University Hospital. Bowman works with nurses throughout their first years of practice, providing support as they develop into oncology nurses.

In 2019, she received the "Mary Nowotny Excellence in Cancer Nursing Education Award" from the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). She is also the recipient of the 2009 Duke University Hospital Friends of Nursing Excellence Award.

The author of multiple publications, Bowman is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA); the North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA); the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS); and the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society.

Tetlow has been a nurse on Unit 5200, the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit at Duke University Hospital, for 12 years. She has a strong interest in emerging therapies.

Last year Tetlow received the first annual Friends of Nursing’s “Fuch’s Family Award for Excellence in Innovation.” The Friends of Nursing program at Duke recognizes professional excellence in nursing practice, nursing education and nursing research, and promotes the image of nursing as a positive career choice.

"Being nominated as an NC Great 100 was a huge honor. I am so grateful to have been nominated by my manager on 5200, Kristen Ammon," said Tetlow. "I love the team of nurses that I work alongside! I hope my work has benefited and will continue to benefit patients and my fellow nurses throughout their life-saving care."

A total of 48 Duke nurses were nominated​, with 13 selected as winners.

Other Duke nurses named to the “Great 100” include Mary Lou Affronti, DNP, MHSc, RN, ANP, FAAN (Duke University School of Nursing); Bradi Granger, PhD, MSN, RN, FAHA, FAAN (Duke Translational Nursing Institute); Ludy Aquino-Lasam, MHA, BSN, RN, CRNI (Duke Regional Hospital); Lauren Gispanski Coggins, BSN, RN, CCRN (Duke University Hospital); Sammee Everling, BSN, RN, CMSRN (Duke Regional Hospital); Karen B. Hicks, BSN, RN-BC (Duke Regional Hospital); Jessica Messina, BSN, RN, CCRN (Duke University Hospital); Amy Rodriguez, BSN, RN, CVRN-BC (Duke Regional Hospital); Andrew Somers, MSN, RN, CRN (Duke University Hospital); Claire Bassett, MSN, RN (Watts College of Nursing/Duke Regional Hospital); and Jennifer Hawkins, BSN, RN (Watts College of Nursing/Duke Regional Hospital).

At least 189 Duke nurses have been named to the Great 100 since the organization began recognizing exemplary nurses in 1989. In addition, at least 16 nurses who joined Duke were honored while employed at another organization.

A shout-out to Working@Duke for sharing on social media in August the background on Duke's history with the Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina and listing all of those named to the 2020 list this year — information which was used in this article