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Vickey Vaughan is #1

Barnesville’s Vickey Vaughan, a graduate of one of the earlier associate degree nursing programs at Gordon College, has been named Nurse of the Year in Women’s Health by the Georgia Chapter of March of Dimes. Vaughan is a labor-delivery nurse at Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon and teaches at Georgia College in Milledgeville. She also has done medical and teaching work overseas, as the first nurse chosen to represent MCCG’s medical exchange program in Japan, and with Donetsk Ministry in Ukraine. There the group provided free care and medicines to remote coalmining villages. The ministry collected medical supplies, toys, books and money to buy coats and food for the people they served, as well as providing care and counseling in alcohol and drug centers in Ukraine. Vaughan received her bachelor’s and master’s in nursing and family nurse practitioner degrees from Georgia College and has practiced nursing in Georgia for 35 years. She says she was inspired to become a nurse when she first received immunizations from ‘Mrs. West’ at the Lamar County Health Department. ’Her calm manner, medical knowledge and a calling to serve the community were evident in her practice. I do have to say I was inspired also by the bluestriped uniform cap and navy cape. My dream was to be a nurse just like Mrs. West,’ said Vaughan. She added she believes the labor and delivery unit is one of the few places where employees say they participate in a miracle every day ‘“ the miracle of birth. Nursing is her passion, she says, and ‘I have the pleasure of seeing new families begin their life together.’ Vaughan’s choice was made from 750 applications evaluated down to 350 finalists in 16 categories. ’Without my family’s love and support this wouldn’t have been possible,’ Vaughan said. ‘I also have to thank the nursing colleagues and administrators at the Medical Center of Central Georgia and at Georgia College Nursing School for their continuing support and help.’

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