RN: Real Nurses - the year in review

The UNC nurses we met in 2012 give 100 percent of themselves to their work - and to their lives away from work.

RN: Real Nurses - the year in review click to enlarge These are some of the scenes from RN: Real Nurses in 2012.

Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013

Written by Stephen L. Garrett for UNC Health Care

Our work on the RN: Real Nurses series in 2012 has given us a glimpse into the lives of a small handful of the stellar nursing team at UNC. What always strikes me about each person we come to know while we're filming is how they find the time to work so hard in their various capacities at the hospital, but also to pursue their hobbies and passions to the fullest. The UNC nurses we met in 2012 give 100 percent of themselves to their work - and to their lives away from work.

We traveled to New Mexico to fly in hot air balloons, stood upon thousands of tons of our own Orange County N.C., garbage, were calmed at the peaceful North Carolina Zen Center, filmed a motorcyclist from a moving car, and were moved by the special care given to hundreds of abandoned cats this past year. And that's just scratching the surface! Our work on this series has also been an incredible laboratory to hone our skills as storytellers, camera operators, and editors.

If you've got a spare few minutes, you might re-watch some of this year's profiles.  And stay tuned in late January to find out the results of the 2012 Mid-South Regional Emmy Awards, where UNC Health Care received three nominations (two for real doctors, real people and one for RN: Real Nurses).

Thanks again to all the nurses who were featured in 2012. And Happy New Year!

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