Chantel Mayton, BSN, RN
(LEXINGTON, NC-August 8, 2012) All through high school, Chantel Mayton planned to pursue a teaching degree. But as she describes it, God put certain people in her life the summer of her senior year that set her on the path to a vastly different career. Instead, she enrolled in a certified nursing assistant's class and literally fell in love with helping others.
Fast forward twenty-two years and Mayton, now a registered nurse with a bachelor's degree in nursing, was recently named to the 2012 list of Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina, a once in a lifetime award given to the "best of the best." It is considered to be the crowning achievement to a lifetime spent caring for others.
Each year, 100 nurses from all areas of nursing in North Carolina are recognized for nursing excellence. The elite status is granted based on the accomplishments of each individual nurse. Mayton was selected due to her efforts to promote and advance the nursing profession within the hospital and community; her integrity, honesty and accountability; her commitment to patients, families and colleagues; and her service as a role model to others.
Mayton has spent her entire career at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Lexington Medical Center, and while having worked in different areas within the hospital, has found her home working with patients in outpatient surgery.
Terry Carter, director of surgical services, describes Mayton as having high moral and ethical standards, and the type of person who conducts herself in a way that others should follow. Carter adds that a day never passes that Mayton is not seen with a smile on her face. "Her love for life is exhibited not only in the way she cares for patients, but also in how she cares for her colleagues," Carter said "This sets an overall positive tone within the unit for both the patients and staff."
Johnny Veal, vice president of patient care services, echoed these sentiments. "Mayton personifies all those qualities most esteemed in the modern registered nurse," he said. "She demonstrates professional excellence every day, and is the type of person who always perceives the cup as half-full rather than half-empty."
Being the humble person that she is, Mayton modestly said that she is honored and excited by the award. "I fell in love with nursing long ago and can't imagine doing anything else," she said.
Mayton joins a growing list of registered nurses at Lexington Medical Center to earn the Great 100 title. Others include Audrey Medley, outpatient surgery, Terry Carter, surgical services, Kristen Vadney, infection control practitioner, Linda Rankin, clinical educator, and Patricia
Mahaley, imaging services.
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