Welcome to the North Carolina Great 100, Inc.


Mission: The Great 100, Inc. exists to recognize and honor Registered Nurses in North Carolina
for their commitment to excellence and to promote a positive image of the nursing profession.



What is the Great 100?

The Great 100, Inc. is a grassroots peer recognition organization honoring the nursing profession in North Carolina by:

  • Recognizing the importance of Registered Nurses in diverse practice settings
  • Positively impacting the image of nursing and nursing as a profession
  • Acknowledging 100 North Carolina Nurses annually who demonstrate excellence in practice and commitment to their profession
  • Contributing funds for scholarships for Registered Nurse education.

In the summer of 1988, a Registered Nurse by the name of Heather Thorne, called together a group of Registered Nurses from across North Carolina to develop a plan for selecting and recognizing Registered Nurses. The recipients would be recognized for their outstanding professional ability and for the contributions they had made to improving the healthcare services in their community. Her dream, modeled after a program developed by Registered Nurses in Louisiana, was designed to promote nursing and to raise funds for nursing scholarships. Since 1989, the Great 100 has been able to award thousands in nursing scholarships. Schools/programs of nursing education are selected via a rotating basis.

Important Dates

Nominations for the 2018 NC Great 100 have closed. Recipients will be announced in July.
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Save the Date!

October 20, 2018 - 30th Anniversary Celebration Great 100 Gala - Benton Convention Center, Winston-Salem, NC.

**NOTE: The North Carolina Great 100, Inc. recognizes Registered Nurses in North Carolina. There are other organizations that may recognize the "100 Best Nurses" or other "Great Nursing" awards that may are not affiliated with The North Carolina Great 100, Inc. If you have any questions about emails, plaque orders, or other information you have received that you are unsure about, please contact us at marketing@great100.org



Thank you to our 2017 Contributors for you Support!

Diamond $15,000 - Cone Health, Duke Health, UNC Health Care | Platinum $10,000 - Novant Health, Vidant Health | Benefactor $5,000 - Carolinas HealthCare, Iredell Health System, Mission Health, Wake Forest Baptist Health | Partner $2,500 - Carolinas HealthCare Blue Ridge, CaroMont Health, First Health of the Carolinas, WakeMed | Patron $1,000 - Halifax Regional Medical Center | Associate $500 - Randolph Health