By Nora Frasier, MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center
Have you ever been so happy to be with a company at a certain time in your career that you needed to pinch yourself to make sure you weren’t dreaming? That pretty much sums up how I feel about my new role as chief nursing officer at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center.
Being the new kid on the block at a wonderful hospital is always exciting. And joining the leadership team just in time to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new 118-bed patient care tower is icing on the cake. I can’t think of a better time to be a nurse, especially at Methodist Mansfield.
What do I have to offer? With more than 20 years in nursing leadership, I have been enriched by experiences in several institutions of varying sizes and types (nonprofit and for-profit, 98 beds to 1,100 beds, academic and community-based). I am privileged to serve as an appraiser team leader for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program®, the most prestigious distinction a health care organization can receive for nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes. My role with the Magnet Recognition Program enables me to experience the cultures of many wonderful hospitals during on-site surveys to assess their compliance with program standards and readiness for Magnet designation. Every time I walk into a hospital that clearly values excellence in nursing, it’s tremendously reenergizing. The direction that Magnet is moving today places more emphasis on outcomes, paving the way for hospitals to thrive in the future. And today, almost 50 percent of the Magnet standards are focused on outcomes. That’s a positive change for hospitals.
There were many reasons I chose to join the Methodist Mansfield family. It was exciting to be part of a growing organization, one that has been voted a Best Place to Work by the Dallas Business Journal for 10 years in a row. And it was thrilling to join a hospital that had begun the Journey to Magnet Excellence® status where we can integrate best practices from other Magnet hospitals into our nursing model at Methodist Mansfield.
Even though it’s only been a few months since joining Methodist Mansfield, I’m already filled with the pride and dedication that permeates the entire community. Here, we take our community tagline, “We Are Mansfield” seriously. Everyone understands that Mansfield is a special place to live and work. The entire Methodist Mansfield family realizes and appreciates the trust and dependence that the community places in us to care for their health and well-being. I’m also struck with how quality is a driving force throughout the entire Methodist Health System. We expect nothing less than the best clinical outcomes for our patients and that guides all of our efforts and energy.
What is my philosophy of care? The mantra I espouse is adapted from learnings from a study that found that patients want three things, which we work to deliver every day as caregivers in the hospital:
- First, they want to be safe. We’re focused on patient safety, and we communicate our commitment to safety with patients, their families, and with each other every day.
- Second, they want to be healed. We coach nurses to be coordinators of the patients’ care team and to partner with patients to set care goals and carry out the plan of care.
- Third, they want to be treated with respect and dignity, like we would treat members of our own family.
To nurses who are looking for a new opportunity to develop and advance their careers, I say consider Methodist Mansfield. The opportunity for growth is unparalleled, regardless of whether you are a new graduate or a veteran nurse with many years of experience at the bedside. We encourage nurses to pursue their professional development through advanced academic education, the Clinical Advancement Program, and participation in shared governance.
If you’re ready to join a growing organization, one with an unwavering commitment to improving and saving lives and caring for each other, then it’s time to choose Methodist Health System. Learn more by visiting Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org.
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