Palmetto Gold

The Palmetto Gold Nurse Recognition and Scholarship Program is the only statewide recognition program for nurses from all practice settings. This premier recognition program selects the top 100 nurses from those who have been nominated to honor during a formal awards ceremony. With more than 45,000 licensed nurses in South Carolina, it is an honor to be selected as a Palmetto Gold recipient. These nurses have demonstrated excellence in practice and commitment to the profession and have earned the respect of their colleagues and peers.

Palmetto Gold selection criteria includes:

  • Promoting and advancing the profession of nursing in a positive way in the practice setting
  • Demonstrating exceptional caring and commitment to patients, families, student nurses and colleagues
  • Demonstrating leadership and assists others to grow and develop
  • Promoting and advancing the profession of nursing



2020 Winners

Tara Devido

Kelli Potter

2019 Winners

Jay Wright

Beth Hunt

2018 Winner

Shaunda Trotter

2017 Winners

Sunni Busby, David Abramovitz, Aimee Sharp

2016 Winners

Tina Jury, Hope Campbell, Blake Wilson, Chuck Horton, Melissa Haynie

2015 Winners

David Cothran, Darlene Hoyle, Doris Street

2014 Winners

Lynne McCarragher, Brenda Randolph, Martha Stratton, Cynthia Swaney

2013 Winners

Freda Brock, Donna Kleister, Jane Mauldin, Debbie Pennington, Dianne Spoon

2012 Winners

Nedra Brown, Susanna Merriman, Laura Saylors

2011 Winners

Andrea Briscoe, Megan Garner, Martha Rush

2010 Winners

Kimberly Irby, Cindy Simmons, Becky Stoddard