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Nursing Section

How to Join the Nursing Section

Joining NCPHA is easy! Just click on "Join Now" on the front page of the website and make sure you check Nursing on the membership form. 

Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the Nursing Section page of the NCPHA website. We are glad to have you visit our page in the hope that you will learn more about the benefits of being a member of this organization and make a decision to join us. There are so many benefits to being a member of NCPHA and the Nursing Section. Just look at a few of them:

Leadership and Education Opportunities

  • Tax deductible membership dues
  • Section activities which include statewide conference call meetings, up-to-date information on the latest trends in public health nursing, membership drives, ways to celebrate our history of public health nursing in North Carolina
  • Representation by a registered lobbyist in the NC General Assembly
  • Networking and collaborating with nurses and other public health professionals and advocates
  • A discounted rate at NCPHA conferences
  • Access to awards and a scholarship sponsored by the Nursing Section

Join us today and start reaping the benefits of NCPHA and Nursing Section membership!

Goal of the Nursing Section

To bring nurses together for a common cause, to protect and promote the public health of the residents of North Carolina by:

  • Providing a medium for public health nurses in North Carolina for continuing education and peer exchange as a means of increasing professional identity and performance in public health practice.
  • Supporting legislation favorable to public health and promotion of the public health of the residents of North Carolina.
  • Promoting programs and/or projects deemed necessary to protect and promote the public health of the citizens of North Carolina.

Nursing Section Bylaws and Manual of Procedures

Nursing Section Bylaws

Nursing Section Manual of Procedures

Interested in serving on the Nursing Section Executive Committee to expand your leadership skills, boost your resume, and work with other public health nurse leaders?  Please fill out a Willingness to Serve form.  

Willingness to Serve Form


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Slides from the September 2022 Fall Educational Conference:  

Back Pack Beach Chair Leadership

Legal and Legislative Update

News from the Office of Chief Public Health Nurse

Wearing a Trauma Informed Lens Healthcare and Community Settings Discussion Panel


  Get Your NCPHA Nursing Section Vest!

 The Nursing Section is selling grey fleece vests to benefit the Nursing scholarship fund.  Orders are being taken through 8/15/2023 and will be available for pick up at the Fall Educational Conference in Concord September 27-29. First 30 orders get $5.00 off the listed price.  Use the discount code First30 (case sensitve) in the Discount Code box on the payment page of the order form.  

Prices for each shirt are as follows:

XS - XL $50.00
2XL $52.50
3XL $53.50
4XL $54.50

If you can't pick it up at the conference, shipping charges may apply.  We will reach out to you.  

Order Your Vest Here




Meet the Nursing Leadership Team via this video:  

Nursing Section Leadership for 2022-2023

The Executive Committee of the Nursing Section consists of:

Elizabeth Stevens
Durham County Health Department


Past Chair:
Jaimee Watts-Isley

Vice Chair of Communication:
Erin Babbitt
Cabarrus Health Alliance

Vice Chair of Education:
Maria Turnley

Ainsley Johnson
Harnett County Health Department

Heather Willis

Fall Educational Conference Planning Committee Representative:
Maria Turnley

Advocacy Committee Representative:
Liz Stevens and Jaimee Lee Watts-Isley

Public Awareness Committee Representative:
Erin Babbitt

Please feel free to contact any member of the Executive Committee for more information. We invite you to become a member of the NCPHA Nursing Section. Nursing Section dues are only $5 per year.


2022 Award and Scholarship Winners

Margaret Dolan Award:  Ainsley Johnson
Direct Service Award:  Patricia Davis
Joy Reed Scholarship:  Heather Willis
Public Health Nurse Superheo Award:  Kimberly Hardy


Awards and Scholarships

The Nursing Section presents two awards and two scholarships each year.  Links in the below Resource Center will guide you to the information you need to nominate a deserving colleague for the Margaret B. Dolan Award or the Direct Service Award.  The Section also offers two scholarships annually.  All are presented at the annual NCPHA Fall Educational Conference.  

  • The Dr. Joy F. Reed Public Health Nurse Leadership Scholarship is available to a public health nurse currently licensed as a registered nurse in North Carolina who is a member of NCPHA or NCAPHNA and interested in leadership training or returning to school to advance their education. 
  • The Nursing Section offers an annual scholarship for $500 to a nurse currently enrolled in an advanced nursing program (BSN, Masters, etc.)
  • Applications/nominations for Nursing Section awards and scholarships for 2023 are due by August 11, 2023.  Please check the scholarship/award application documents for eligibility criteria and specific submission instructions. 

Margaret Dolan Award Application

Direct Service Award Application

Joy Reed Scholarship Application

Nursing Scholarship Application 

If you have any questions you can always call or email a member of the Executive Committee for additional information.


Christmas Gifts / Birthday Gifts / Special Occasion Gifts for Public Health Nurses

At the Fall Educational Conference, the Nursing Section will be offering promotional items featuring the NC Public Health Nursing logo.  We will have some new items to purchase as special gifts for yourself and co-workers to commemorate Nurses Day in May, Public Health Week in April, or as birthday or holiday gifts.  For more information, please contact the Nursing Section Chair. 


Resource Center

NC Public Health Nursing Professional Resources --

UNC Office of Continuing Education CE catalog --

NC Public Health Nursing Community Social Media Pages:  Join the @NCPHNursing Community on Facebook and Twitter!

Presentations from the 2020 Fall Educational Conference

Annual State of Public Health Nursing Address 2020

Healthy NC 2030 

Legislative and Legal Update 2020

The Future of Public Health Nursing