It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself as the NCANS President for the 2022-2023 school year. I am a Senior in the Upper Division Nursing Program at the distinguished Fayetteville State University. Bronco Pride! My hometown is Detroit, Michigan. However, I have lived in the southern states for majority of my life. My expected graduation date is May of 2023. For the past year, I have held a position in my school’s local Student Nurses Association board. My plans after graduation are to work in Labor & Delivery, Mother-Baby, and Pediatrics. Additionally, I plan to obtain my DNP a few years after graduation. My hobbies include traveling, serving my community, and spending time with my family and friends. I am very excited for this opportunity that has been placed in my life. I truly enjoy learning and networking with people. Lastly, I will uphold my duties and responsibilities as President, and always advocate for nurses! Thank you!
I am honored to serve as the 2022-2023 NCANS Vice President. I am currently a first year nursing student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill working towards my BSN degree. After graduation, my plans are to work for some time as an ICU nurse before applying to a CRNA program. In my free time, I like traveling, baking, watching Tar Heel football and basketball games, and spending time with my family and friends. I am looking forward to setting a positive example and making a difference as a leader this year.
Madd Grace Heartley
My name is Madd Heartley and I have the honor of working as the NCANS Secretary for the 2022-2023 year. I am a senior this year at UNC-Chapel Hill, where I have completed a major in American Studies and am finishing my final year of Nursing school. I also serve as the Treasurer for the UNC-Chapel Hill chapter of ANS. I’m from Indian Trail, North Carolina, a small suburb just south of Charlotte. I’m passionate about reproductive and sexual health, and I hope to pursue a nursing career in reproductive health or obstetrics and gynecology. Outside of nursing, I love traveling, going to concerts, film photography, and spending time with my friends! I’m so excited to serve on the NCANS Exec Board this year and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together.
My name is Katelynn Shearin, and I have been given the honor to serve as your Treasurer for the 2022-2023 school year. I’m currently a senior in the ADN program at Pitt Community College with an expected graduation date in May of 2023. Go Bulldogs! My goal after graduation is to work in an Intensive Care Unit while obtaining my BSN at East Carolina University. My passion for helping others has led me down the path of Nursing, and knowing that I can make a positive impact on someone’s life makes this career so rewarding. I look forward to serving NCANS and inspiring nursing students that you can make a difference. We are the future of Nursing.
Breakthrough to Nursing
I am a second year student in the ADN program at Pitt Community College in Winterville NC. Originally from southeastern Virginia, I moved to the Greenville area in late 2015. I hold a Bachelors of Science in Education from Old Dominion University and prior to beginning my nursing education I worked in various payroll jobs for more than 15 years. As a second career nursing student I am especially passionate about Breakthrough to Nursing and honored to serve on the Board of Directors in this role for the 2022-2023 academic year. After graduation in May 2023 I plan to pursue my BSN and I hope to work in a Maternal-Fetal or Neonatal unit. Outside of school my priorities are my family; I am a wife, mother of two, and grandmother of three along with having two cats and two dogs.
Nancy Jo Thompson, DNP, MSN-Ed, RN
Consultant & Advisor to NCANS
I am thrilled to be joining the 2022-2023 NCANS Board as a Consultant! When I am not working with NCANS, I work as an Assistant Professor at the UNC-CH School of Nursing. I also enjoy serving the rural healthcare community as a per diem. Administrative House Supervisor at UNC Chatham Hospital. My nursing experience includes critical care, leadership, womens’ health, and nursing education. I love mentoring future and early career nurses! I am excited to serve alongside an amazing group of future nurses!
Consultant & Advisor to NCANS
Currently full time faculty in the associate degree nursing program at Pitt Community College, where I enjoy working with both levels in class, lab, clinical and simulation. As faculty advisor for PCCANS, I’ve supported student activities of service within our community, state and region. Over 30 years of clinical experience in staff and leadership roles within a wide variety of children’s acute care units and women’s services at a large tertiary care center in eastern NC. Looking forward to this experience with future nursing leaders in NCANS and with NCNA. Thank you!
I am proud to be the Publications Director at NCANS for the 2022-2023 school year. I am a senior at Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina where I am working towards earning my bachelors degree in nursing and a minor in population health. I have a passion for women’s health and would like to further my nursing career one day as a Certified Nurse Midwife. When not studying, I enjoy cooking, watching movies, and spending time with my friends and two cats. I am excited to be serving on the NCANS Executive board this year and being able to represent North Carolina nursing students. I hope to advocate and inspire!