Trio of emergency nurses at Carolina Pines receive certification

Pat Spencer, BSN, RN, CEN, Tracy Jacobs, RN, CEN, and Sam Joyner, RN, CEN at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center each received their Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) certification.

The Emergency Department at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce that three registered nurses have passed the Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) exam: Pat Spencer, RN, CEN; Tracy Jacobs, RN, CEN; and Sam Joyner, RN, CEN. The nurses join four others in their department in recent months who have received the additional training required for this certification.

“All three of these ladies are extremely valuable to the overall success of our Emergency Department,” shared Frank H. Munn, the Director of Emergency Services at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center.

“Not only do they perform care at the bedside, they are leaders in the Emergency Department. Pat, Tracy and Sam bring many years of experience and dedication to the nursing profession to our community and patient population. We are fortunate to have such great caregivers here and this certification just further acknowledges they are three of the best at what they do. This is a great testament to the quality of caregivers in the department.”

Pat Spencer has been a nurse for over 26 years, the last 13 years at Carolina Pines. She is a Darlington native, but she and her family have called Lamar home since 1996. What drew her to the nursing profession is simple: “It was just something I always wanted to do. I love to take care of people.”

Tracy Jacobs was born and raised in Hartsville and has been a nurse for 22 years. Although she has worked in other capacities as a nurse including outpatient and hospice, Jacobs calls the ER her home.

What brings Jacobs the most joy is the acute care; “We fix it, and send you either home or upstairs. It’s a very fast pace. I think the variety keeps it interesting.”

Sam Joyner has been a nurse since 1989. She hails originally from Lee County, but claims Hartsville as her home community.

Joyner’s favorite part about being a nurse is one that resonates with most in her profession: “I love helping people,” she said. “And the worst part is charting! I love helping people but I hate charting.”

She has worked in ER for most of career, and recalls her early days when she came to Carolina Pines to work. “I was working in a department called Patient First Assessment,” recalls Joyner. “But then they were short staffed one day in the ER and they knew I had ER experience from Byerly Hospital… and they made me come down here and they never let me leave!”

Author: Duane Childers

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