When Peggy Nichols graduated nursing school, she knew she wanted to work in Labor & Delivery. Fifteen years later her dream came true when The Outer Banks Hospital advertised for an opening. "I was ready for the change," she said, "ready to assist in bringing life into the world."

When she joined the hospital staff, Nichols was mentored by Labor & Delivery nurse Hope Moore. "My training reminded me that even in this high tech age, having a baby can be critical. The Labor & Delivery team must be vigilant," said Nichols, who praised her co-workers for their professionalism.

"Peggy is always upbeat and works hard," said Karen Ciero, RN, BSN, Director of Labor & Delivery. "She is very versatile and is always willing to lend a helping hand." From her years as a nurse on oncology and medical/surgical units, Nichols has gained invaluable experience. Bernice Jardel, RN, Director of the hospital's medical/surgical unit, said, "Peggy is not only resourceful but a real team player who has demonstrated a no nonsense attitude for helping us out in a pinch." As parents await the birth their child, they may be apprehensive, anxious, in pain and generally anxious. Nichols' winning smile is a wonderful de-stresser, cheering expectant moms and calming nervous dads. "We're very fortunate to have someone with Peggy's experience on our night shift team in L & D," said Van Smith, Jr., Hospital President. "Her calm efficiency goes a long way toward making the birth of a child a rewarding and memorable event."

Four years ago, Nichols moved to Camden from Yorktown, Virginia, purchased an old farmhouse and along with her daughter, Sarah, remodeled it. She has since moved to Corolla, where she operates a gift shop, The Village Fisherman.