Carter, Peacock and Kane honored as 2021 Outstanding Alumni


Brigit Maria Carter, PhD ’09

This award recognizes a Carolina Nursing graduate who is known for their outstanding service to the field of nursing, either through scholarly efforts in research or teaching, promotion of health care or excellence in patient care and practice.

Dr. Brigit Carter, Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, joined the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) in 2010. From 2015 to 2018 she served as the Director of the DUSON Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program.

Dr. Carter earned her BSN at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in 1998, a Master of Science in Nursing Education from University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2002 and PhD in Nursing from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009. She has served as the project director for two HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity grants at DUSON. The current grant, “The Academy for Academic and Social Enrichment and Leadership Development for Health Equity II (The Health Equity Academy II)”, aims to increase underrepresented minorities in nursing and understanding of social determinants among undergraduate nursing students. Dr. Carter also teaches in the Doctor of Nursing Practice and Master of Nursing Science in Nursing programs.

Dr. Carter’s clinical research focused on nursing care of premature infants (<1500 grams) with feeding intolerance and identification of measurable methods for early detection of feeding intolerance. She continues her clinical practice as a staff nurse in the Duke University Hospital Intensive Care Nursery, where she has 21 years’ experience.

Dr. Carter was selected for the 2017 inaugural George Washington University Leaders for Health Equity Fellowship. She is currently an Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity and serves as a Senior Fellow Advisory Board member. Dr. Carter is also a 2017–2018 Duke Teaching for Equity fellow.

Dr. Carter retired from the U. S. Navy as a Commander after 28 years of service (including nine on active duty) in January 2018.


Schquthia Fearrington Peacock, BSN ’92, MSN ’99

This award recognizes a Carolina Nursing graduate who has demonstrated outstanding voluntary leadership or public service on a local, national or global level.

Schquthia Fearrington Peacock received her BSN in 1992 and her MSN in 1999 from the UNC School of Nursing. She is a family nurse practitioner and the co-founder of Preston Medical Associates in Cary, North Carolina. Schquthia has been in private practice as a family nurse practitioner since 1999.

Schquthia remains involved with the School of Nursing by serving as an Adjunct Clinical Faculty for the MSN/DNP program. She also serves as a preceptor and alumni panelist for nurse practitioner students and accepts students to her practice for their master’s and DNP projects. She is deeply committed to building a diverse and inclusive community by increasing recruitment of minority graduate students and providing mentorship to those students while in the program.

For many years, Schquthia has been involved in legislation, policy and advocacy for increased access to health care at the state and local level. She was selected as a Fellow for the American Nurses Association Nurses Advocacy Institute from 2015 to 2016. She has served on the North Carolina Nurses Association Council Executive Board since 2012 and is currently the chair of the North Carolina Nurses Association Council of Nurse Practitioners (NCNA NP), a role she has held since 2016. In 2014, the NCNA recognized her as the Practice Nurse of the Year, and in 2017 the NCNA awarded her with the Legislative Nurse of the Year Award. In 2020, she was chosen as the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Advocate State Award for Excellence for North Carolina. Schquthia was also selected to present at the 2019 Women’s Health Awareness Conference on April 4, 2019 which is co-sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and Durham Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

As Chair of the NCNA NP Council, she is a regular presence at the North Carolina General Assembly and is well known for advocating for access to health care for all people in North Carolina by allowing nurses to practice to the fullest extent of their license and certification. She has also supported efforts through NCDHHS to curb the opioid crisis in this state by serving on an advisory panel. Additionally, she supports Governor Cooper by volunteering on a committee that advises on hearing services in the state.

Since the pandemic first emerged last spring, Schquthia has served her community with unwavering commitment and compassion. As a community FNP, she has developed her practice as a resource for COVID-19 prevention, testing, and care, and she uses her platform as NP Council Chair to disseminate information to all NPs on COVID-19.


Shannen Granier Kane, BSN ’18

This award recognizes a recent Carolina Nursing graduate who has exhibited excellence as an emerging nurse leader.

Shannen Kane graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UNC Chapel Hill in 2018. She received highest honors and graduated with distinction. A Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN), she is currently employed as a Clinical Nurse IV at the UNC Hospitals Emergency Department and has been an emergency nurse for almost three years.

Shannen conducts unit education related to pediatric emergency nursing, assists with policy and procedure development and serves as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. She received the 2020 Emergency Service Emerging Nurse Leader of the Year award for her work at the UNC Hospitals Emergency Department.

Beyond her work at UNC Hospitals, Shannen has established herself as a leader in the Emergency Nurses Association, where she served nationally as the 2019 Emerging Professional Liaison to the Board of Directors. Shannen chaired the Emerging Professionals Advisory Council in 2019 and founded the North Carolina Emergency Nurses Association Emerging Professionals Committee. She currently serves as the president of the Heart of Carolina Chapter of the Emergency Nurses Association and has served as a delegate to the Emergency Nurses Association General Assembly. Shannen is passionate about her work as an emergency nurse and dedicated to giving back to her community. She is working on a resolution to present at the 2021 Emergency Nurses Association Conference encouraging emergency nurses to increase community engagement, and she will serve as a speaker at their upcoming conference.

Shannen has many incredible memories of nursing school at UNC Chapel Hill and enjoyed her time as an ambassador, president of the Association of Nursing Students, and member of the Undergraduate Student Governance Council. The relationships, lessons and memories made at UNC School of Nursing will forever influence her nursing career.