A tribute to Betty Garrison, RN, BS, MSPH
Metrolina (formally Mecklenburg) Council of Nursing Organizations President 2003 - 2005
Betty Garrison, who succumbed to ovarian cancer on August 18, 2007, was a much loved and well respected nurse in the Charlotte community throughout her nursing career. For 37 years, Betty was an integral part of the Charlotte Institue of Rehabilitation, now known as the Carolinas Rehabilitation, serving hundreds of patients in roles of management, quality assurance, and discharge planner. Her passion for patient advocacy was evident to both her patients and her medical peers. She went above and beyond what was required of her.
Betty was a career long member of ANA and NCNA and was always talking up the need for her nursing peers to become members. She never lost an opportunity to encourage nursing students with whom she came in contact to join ANA/NCNA upon graduation. Professionalism was at the top of her agenda!
Not only did Betty join her professional organizations, she served in many offices including NCNA Board of Directors, District 5 President and Board member, and on numerous committees. Betty was also a strong support of MCONO and agreed to serve as MCONO President for two years from 2003-2005. Additionally, she chaired the MCONO Door Prize committee for many years and was one of the most successful solicitors of door prizes ever! She loved it!
One of Betty's goals was to provide some free banquet tickets for senior nursing students. She never quite attained this goal so with the support of their respective school, students are able to attend the Celebrate Nursing Banquet. The students are selected by their faculty based on qualities evident in Betty's life and career. These qualities include patient care excellence, patient advocacy, involvement in the nursing profession, commitment to community service, love of nursing education, a good sense of humor, and a genuine kindness and friendliness for those one meets.
Micalah Bright, Gardner-Webb University
Shannon Hiott, Gaston College
Kynadee Hoke, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
John Jones, Central Piedmont Community College
Paula Rodriguez, Wingate University
Wendi Skeens, Chamberlain University Charlotte Campus
Rebecca Stewart, Central Piedmont Community College
Serita Sutton, Chamberlain University Charlotte Campus
Monica Wampler, Stanly Community College
Holly Brigman, Pfeiffer University
Chelsea Grant, Wingate University
Starr Tate, Gardner-Webb University
Laura Patty, CPCC
Cassidy Capell, CPCC
Kyla Donnelly, Gaston College
Sarah Hardin, UNCC