RMC Nurses Honored with Awards of Excellence 2015



Three nurses at the Regional Medical Center were honored recently with awards for nursing excellence. From left are Kayla Coleman, BSN, RN, Nurse of the Year in Specialty Care Areas; Alexandra H. Sanders, BSN, RN, CWON, Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing; and Kayla Brown, RN, Nurse of the Year in General Units/Supervisory Staff.

Three nurses at the Regional Medical Center were honored recently with awards for nursing excellence.

Kayla Brown, RN, and Kayla Coleman, BSN, RN, were honored as Nurses of the Year in General Units/Supervisory Staff and Specialty Care Areas, respectively. The Nurses of the Year are selected annually by the RMC medical staff; honorees are chosen based on clinical skills, devotion and compassion.

Alexandra H. Sanders, BSN, RN, CWON, received the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing. Presented annually, the award is nominated by members of RMC's nursing staff. Honorees must demonstrate clinical excellence and concern for patients, family and co-workers; demonstrate leadership; and possess enthusiasm while having a healthy work ethic.

Kayla Brown, RN

Brown, a native of Orangeburg, began her nursing career at RMC in 2011. Currently, she is a staff nurse on the 4 West nursing unit, and she often serves the role as the unit’s charge nurse. Additionally, she precepts new staff nurses.

She received her associate's degree in nursing from Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in 2011.

“Being acknowledged for a career that I'm passionate about is beyond my expectations,” said Brown. “I’ve been a nurse for almost four years now, and it has been a life changing experience. I would not be the woman or nurse I am today without the love and support of God, my parents, brother, family and friends. My dad is a physician’s assistant and has been a very influential figure in my medical career and life. I'm just doing what I love in hopes to better the lives of others and am honored to receive this award!”

During her leisure time she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Kayla Coleman, BSN, RN

A native of Orangeburg, Coleman joined RMC’s team in the Emergency Department (ED) in 2011 after graduating from Lander University with her bachelor's degree in nursing.

She serves as a staff nurse in the ED and is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course. Additionally, she is an OCtech clinical instructor for senior nursing students who are rotating through the RMC ED.

“I have enjoyed meeting, getting to know and teaching each and every student I have encountered. I am honored and blessed to be a part of each one of their journeys and to be able to watch them learn, grow and become more confident on their own as they transition into becoming a nurse,” Coleman commented. “I have greatly enjoyed working in the ED and learning something new each and every day. My coworkers are like a second family to me. Over the last couple of years, I have become a preceptor to new graduate nurses, and being able to share my love for and knowledge of nursing with others and watch them grow, makes all of the hard work worth every minute. I am blessed to work at and be a part of a wonderful hospital that has the most outstanding management, doctors and nurses that I could have ever imagined working with and am overwhelmed by all of the love and support from my family, friends and coworkers.”

She and her husband, Andrew, live in Orangeburg. A member of Highland Baptist Church in Orangeburg, she enjoys playing and coaching softball and spending time with family and friends during her leisure time.

Alexandra H. Sanders, BSN, RN, CWON

A native of Spartanburg County, she began her nursing career in Charlotte, NC, at Presbyterian Hospital as a staff nurse on the medical/surgical floors and in the float pool. She joined RMC in November 2003 as a staff nurse on 4 West. In 2005, Sanders transferred to the Wound Center to work as a wound care nurse. She became certified in Wound, Ostomy and Continence in 2006 after completing the program at Emory University in Atlanta.

Sanders attended Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Charlotte, NC, and graduated with a diploma in nursing in 1998. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Queens University in Charlotte, NC, in 1999.

“Being a nurse is a challenging career. What I love most about it is that we can touch the lives of patients and their families in so many ways,” she commented.

She lives in Orangeburg with her husband, James; her son, Parker; and her stepsons, Austin, Dillon and Dalton. She attends Embark Church in Orangeburg. When not working Sanders enjoys attending her son’s sporting events, riding the motorcycle with her husband and spending time with her friends and family.

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