August 2, 2021

Meet Mission Health’s 2021 Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina

Great 100 Nurses Photo

PHOTO (l to r) Andie Slivinski, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Jessica Fusco, Clinical Nurse, and Judy Luff, Clinical Nurse

As servant leaders, nursing teaches us to recognize ourselves in others, keep alive our common humanity and focus on single caring moments through the practice of heart-centered care.

This year, Mission Health had the opportunity to honor and recognize three of our nurses as Great 100 award recipients. The three Great 100 Nurses of NC for 2021 have a shared theme of advancing the professional practice of nursing through professional governance and shared decision making. Each has contributed in unique ways to facilitating nursing excellence at Mission Hospital.

Since 1989, the Great 100, Inc. has recognized and admired influential nurses across North Carolina, recognizing 100 nurses from the state who are nominated by their peers for this once-in-a-lifetime honor.


Meet the 2020 North Carolina Great 100 Nurses from Mission Health

Andie Slivinski, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CEN, CPEN, TCRN- Clinical Nurse Specialist, Trauma Services

Andie is a nurse who dynamically impacts outcomes in the practice setting and community through innovation and enterprising healthcare initiatives with knowledge, positive communication skills, honesty, trust, humility, hope and courage. As a Clinical Nurse Specialist, she conducts independent and collaborative scientific studies and research related to the care of the trauma injured patient. Andie collaborates/consults in the management of complex patient and family care by demonstrating clinical expertise in a newly created Trauma program. Andie’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Emergency Nursing and represents nursing on several national boards.

Jessica Fusco, MSN, RN, CPN, NP-C- Clinical Nurse, Pediatric ICU

Jessica recently facilitated the important work of nursing through the transition of the Mission Health Nursing Professional Governance Congress to a virtual meeting format due to COVID-19, resulting in doubled attendance. During her time as the Nursing Professional Governance Congress President, Jessica saw changes in preceptor pay, advancement of increases in tuition reimbursement and certification bonuses, and the creation of quarterly journal clubs. Jessica has recently promoted several community initiatives focusing on topics such as childhood obesity, acute gastroenteritis, and improving outcomes for children undergoing procedures in an impatient setting. Jessica recently received her Master’s Degree to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Judy Luff, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, IBCLC Clinical Nurse, Labor & Delivery

Judy works closely and collaboratively with nursing leaders and those in all levels and roles. She is a respected leader who embodies servant leadership. As a Labor and Delivery Clinical Nurse and CNO Clinical Nurse Liaison, Judy passionately advocates for a culture of excellence where the voice of the nurse is an inspiring guide. Her contagious enthusiasm and wisdom set the bar for others to create a positive practice environment where nurses are autonomous. She has advanced the support of unit council chairs and is transitioning professional governance at the hospital level to a true decision-making body by setting goals for education and certification and addressing recruitment and retention activities.

Thank you to all of our nursing professionals for your commitment to caring for the people of western North Carolina with quality and compassion.