Barbara Akins


Barbara “B ”Akins ,RN, BSN, BC-PMHN, FCN has been employed for four years at the Behavioral Health Hospital as a Nursing Professional Development Specialist/Quality Accreditation Patient Safety Coordinator for JCAHO. She currently teaches MHFA (Mental Health First Aide) to the leaders at Cone Health. “B” has completed training as a “Break Through Master” High Performance Leaders program at Cone Hospital System and Certified Management coach. “B” was selected as a Great 100 Nurse for the year 2014. Her first job was at Moses Cone Hospital on a Medical Surgical Unit in 1975. She worked in the field of Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse for over 30 years with an expertise in SA/MI/DD services and Utilization Management with CenterPoint Human Services. She is a CARF (National Accreditation Surveyor) out of Tucson, Arizona, her area of expertise is in Opioid Treatment, Behavioral Health and Network Management. Has experience with elder care as it relates to Annual Passar Evaluations (Mental Status Exams) which are completed in Hospitals, Assisted living and Nursing Care Facilities. Two of “B”s greatest accomplishments are her work in Greensboro to improve inner city neighborhoods as it relates to the Undoing Racisms/Health Care Disparity Collaboration and involvement in Cultural Diversity in Greensboro and her work nationally with CARF. She is President of Ole Asheboro Street Neighborhood Association and has been on the Commission on the Status of Women, Human Relations Board, numerous boards in her career and has participated and facilitated Impact Greensboro and Other Voices through the Chamber of Commerce. “B” became a Congregational Nurse April 2008 and continues to be active. Her past experience in Nursing and her different areas of expertise is now being utilized in her new career. “Intentional Healing of the spirit”, being cultural sensitive and meeting people where they are. “Body, Mind and Spirit” which is the beginning of change for the root causes of chronic illness is her belief and her work she does now.