The American Health Council is proud to welcome Annette Edwards, BSN as an affiliate of its Nursing Board. With an impressive 22 years of healthcare experience and another four in her current position as ICU Clinical Educator at Carolinas Hospital System in Florence, South Carolina, Edwards brings extensive medical insight and a variety of healthcare experiences to the Board. Working towards a goal of contemporary and efficient medical care, Edwards encourages open communication and showcases initiative to manage comprehensive training programs for Carolinas ICU staff.
Inspired by her mother’s career in the medical field, Edwards developed a passion for nursing and caring for others. Using that inspiration and several years of healthcare experience, Edwards decided to further develop her interest in healthcare with a BSN from Francis Marion University in South Carolina in 2010 as well as a CCRN certification. Upon graduating, she joined Carolinas Hospital System’s faculty, where she’s championed improved quality of clinical care as ICU Clinical Educator.
Edwards has used this position to go above and beyond in the field of clinical education, acting as a reservoir of expertise and experience for colleagues and young nurses alike, eventually being appointed an Adjunct position for a local nursing program. With Carolinas Hospital System’s extensive clinics, such as their Orthopedic Surgery Center and Mayo Clinic, Edwards is able to use the resources they provide when applying her highest level of patient care. In addition to that educational capacity, she uses her critical care proficiency, nursing leadership, and patient care to assist with equipment procedures, contribute to the development of new hire orientations, and facilitate the smooth flow of operations in the ICU. Her dedication and labor improved communication throughout the hospital. Edwards’ exceptional work ethic throughout her daily performance has been well-recognized by her peers and employers. In addition to organizing in-services and an annual training program, Edwards was Team Captain, representing for Carolinas Hospital in the Pee Dee Health Walk and secured nominations for Nurse of the Year. She also maintains active relationships with her colleagues at the American Heart Association, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), and the educational Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI).
Edwards hopes to further develop her already strong leadership skills and learn cutting-edge medical advancements that she can relay to other clinicians, promoting superior clinical care. Towards this end, Edwards intends on pursuing her MSN within the next five years. Outside of her professional life, Edwards exhibits her admirable humanitarianism with charitable donations to and associations with the American Heart Association and Easter Seals. Edwards attributes her career success to the support of her loved ones, particularly her mother, and enjoys traveling to Disney with her family. She also goes on an occasional cruise to wind down in her own spare time.
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ICU Clinical Educator at Carolinas Hospital System
- Carolinas Hospital System is your community healthcare provider. Carolinas is a 420-bed facility with nearly 300 doctors representing all major specialties.
- Carolinas Hospital System possesses the area’s first accredited Chest Pain Center, partners with Mayo Clinic, and is stroke accredited with partnering with MUSC.
- Carolinas Hospital System is a regional healthcare provider, built from two separate hospitals founded by two physicians with a love of medicine and their community, and a commitment to healing.
- Carolinas Hospital System provides comprehensive acute care, cancer care, cardiac care, emergency/trauma services, maternity care, and an array of specialized rehabilitation programs.
- Edwards’ day-to-day responsibilities include educating the staff, assisting with equipment, clinical procedures, teaching nurses, overseeing the flow of ICU, leadership rounding
- Additionally, Edwards’ helps staff, families, physician keep communication open, organizes annual training as well as in-services and participates with new hire orientations.