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Nurses Week Spotlight: Nurse Josh Bearden

As we continue to celebrate Nurses Week and our outstanding Nurses across the state, today we highlight Nurse Joshua Bearden from Goose Creek Correctional Center.

Nurse Bearden started with the Department in June 2014 as a Nurse I at HMCC. There he was known for his great organizational skills and proficient approach to patient care. He advanced to Nurse II and quickly proved to be a lead nurse in the HMCC Clinic. As a primary dayshift nurse he not only was responsible for maintaining the daily activities of the clinic, but also assisted in orienting numerous new nurses to DOC.

In October 2015, Nurse Bearden transferred to Goose Creek Correctional Center where he quickly became part of a much larger team. Early 2016, the Nursing Supervisor for the GCCC Clinic, Shawn Strong, was in a serious vehicle accident and was subsequently out on an extended FMLA leave. Nurse Bearden stepped up to the plate and agreed to work temporarily as Acting Nurse III until Shawn could return. It was during that time that Nurse Bearden truly showed his leadership potential. His easy going demeanor enabled him to approach the day to day issues calmly and professionally. His insight and ability to solve problems was greatly appreciated during his short, yet effective time as Acting Nurse III. Once Shawn was ready to return to work, Nurse Bearden graciously stepped back down, and returned to his role as staff nurse in the clinic. This truly exemplified professionalism. Nurse Bearden is truly a great nurse and a great asset to the GCCC medical team. We look forward to following his accomplishments through his nursing career.

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