Tamryn Fowler Gray receives UNC Hospitals award

Tamryn Fowler Gray (left) received the UNC Hospitals Faculty Award from UNC Hospitals senior vice president and chief nursing officer Dr. Mary Tonges (right) as well as Dr. Cathy Madigan, vice president of nursing and associate chief nursing officer; and the Nursing Staff Recognition Week Committee.

Tamryn Fowler Gray, BSN ‘09, MSN ‘12, was selected for a Faculty of the Year Award by UNC Hospitals. Gray, a clinical instructor at the School of Nursing, received the award during a ceremony at UNC Hospitals on May 8.

The Faculty of the Year Award recognizes faculty who consistently exemplify excellence in customer service, communication, safety, professionalism, innovation, stewardship, and teamwork.

“The Faculty of the Year Award shows me that I am doing something right, and makes me feel very appreciated,” says Gray, who is a member of the UNC School of Nursing Alumni Board of Directors and sits on the board’s mentoring committee. She adds that she is very thankful for the mentoring she received as a new instructor from SON faculty.

Gray went into nursing so that she could help people when they are vulnerable and to make a difference in health care. As a clinical instructor, she teaches undergraduate students in the pediatric and adult oncology care units.

“My career as a nurse and educator has required me to be flexible and consciously aware of people and societal needs,” says Gray. “Working as a staff nurse on a blood and marrow transplant unit allows me to share stories from personal experiences to help elevate students’ understanding about nursing, overcoming challenges, and identifying career possibilities. As an educator, I believe that new nurses should be enriched with the capacity to care for people with multiple comorbidities, acute diagnoses, and varying cultural and socioeconomic needs.”