Former Claredon native Georgia Seward, now of Sherwood, was one of six Baptist Health nurses recognized for her exemplary nursing care, contributions to the profession of nursing and mentoring of others this year by the Great 100 Nurses Foundation. Seward is a faculty member in the School of Nursing at Baptist Health College Little Rock.

“Georgia has worked for Baptist Health for an incredible 50 years and currently teaches critical care for final-semester nursing students. She is also a retired colonel with the United States Army Reserve and has volunteered to assist with local disasters. She has mentored many individuals throughout her career at Baptist Health and the Army Reserve,” wrote her nominator. “Seward loves the students, and they love her. She has an open-door policy, and you’ll see students lined up outside her office door waiting to see her. She never turns away any student.”

This is the second year the foundation, which is based in New Orleans, has accepted nominations and selected nurses from Arkansas. For the past 31 years, thousands of nurses from across Louisiana, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Texas and now Arkansas have been recognized through the Great 100 Nurses Foundation program.

 “Seward has worked in various positions during her 50-year tenure at Baptist Health including in the emergency room and ICU and has been a shift supervisor and course leader for critical care at the college. Seward has a diploma, BSN, and master's degree in nursing, and she earned a second master’s degree in administration and emergency management.”


 Other Baptist Health nurses who were named to the 100 Great Arkansas Nurses included: Paula Evans, Lauren Dreher, and Janna Pipho, all of Little Rock; Terri Pendergraft of Sherwood; and Marshal Fuller of Bryant.

Recipients from across the state, including those from Baptist Health, were recently celebrated at an awards dinner at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock. Funds raised at the awards event support nursing advocacy, nursing scholarships and nursing research.