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NCC Announces 2018 Nurses Pinning Speaker


Dr. Crystal Hayden

The Nash Community College Associate Degree Nursing graduate pinning ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 10 at 7:30 PM, immediately following the Adult High School/High School Equivalency graduation in the Brown Auditorium. This time-honored tradition connects past nursing traditions with today’s healthcare professionals. The College will recognize 46 Nursing graduates.

The speaker for the 2018 ceremony will be Dr. Crystal Hayden, chief nursing officer at Nash UNC Health Care. She is the highest-ranking nurse management position in the health system.

Dr. Hayden has worked in health care for more than 26 years, in a variety of staff and leadership positions. Prior to her role at Nash UNC Health Care, Dr. Hayden served as senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Onslow Memorial Hospital and as an adjunct faculty member at Duke University. She has clinical experience in orthopedics, critical care, and emergency medicine and served as a full-time faculty member at Coastal Carolina Community College from 1999-2005.

Dr. Hayden graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hawaii Loa College with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1992 and then attended Duke University for the remainder of her post-secondary education. Dr. Hayden earned a Master of Science Degree in Nursing in 2004, a post master’s certificate in leadership in 2012, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) in 2013. In 2008, she was named one of the 100 great nurses in North Carolina. She was published in the Journal of Emergency Medicine in 2013.

Dr. Hayden, whose responsibilities include overseeing and coordinating all of the hospital’s nursing departments and day-to-day operations, is committed to ensuring those individuals have the resources to provide excellent, quality care in a patient and family-centered environment.

Nash Community College Associate Degree Nursing students, upon graduation, are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.

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