The Board is proud to support the mission of celebrating nursing excellence and invite you to join us in our work. If you would also like to help recognizing the importance of Registered Nurses and make a positive impact on their profession please contact us at





We have been celebrating R.N. Excellence in the state of North Carolina since 1989. The Board is proud to support the mission of celebrating nursing excellence and invite you to join us in our work to do just that. The Great 100 is recognized across our State in the mission to positively impact the image of Nursing by recognizing Nursing Excellence and providing scholarships for Nursing Education in North Carolina.

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.

**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


2023 Great 100 Nominations

The 2023 Great 100 Nomination Form is now closed.

Nominations Form will be available on January 15, 2024.



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