Category: Career

Methodist Police: We’re Here to Help

By Dustin Munn, Chief of Police, Methodist Health System

Some people are lucky. Even at a very young age, they know what they want to be when they grow up. I am one of those people. When I was 5 years old, I wanted to be a policeman. I know many little boys say the same, but for me it was a dream.

As I matured, I knew I wanted to stand for something good. My upbringing reinforced the idea of giving back. I grew up in Ennis, Texas, and had many great people in my life who were wonderful mentors. I was in the Boy Scouts and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. There’s no doubt that helped form my resolve to serve others and led me into public service.

Like healthcare, I believe police work is a calling for the vast majority of officers everywhere. And I believe the overwhelming majority of the public supports us. We have a great opportunity to bring some equilibrium back to our relationship with the community. What is my mission? It’s to raise the bar to help our communities understand our experience, our professionalism, and our mission to serve others and keep them safe, inside the hospital and out.

My career has been full of variety. I spent two years working with death row inmates in Huntsville, Texas. It may sound shocking, but in many ways, being a guard on death row was easier than patrolling a neighborhood where you don’t know what to expect. Even though I worked with people who had been convicted of capital crimes, I learned two very important lessons:

  • Respect others regardless of their circumstances
  • Treat people how I want to be treated. It’s the Golden Rule, and it has served me well.

In 1993, I joined the Corsicana Police Department and later moved up the ranks in the DeSoto Police Department. I was fortunate enough to attend the School of Police Supervision and later the Command College at the Center for American and International Law’s Institute for Law Enforcement Administration. Through my education, I embraced that I was meant to be a leader. Now, I’m working on my master’s degree in public administration.

This January, I was blessed with the opportunity to transition into hospital policing as the chief of police for the Methodist Health System police department. I tell our officers that Methodist is the nicest place I’ve ever worked. The level of support here has been overwhelming. With the scrutiny that has been placed on law enforcement throughout the country, we have a unique opportunity to change the narrative. While some might view law enforcement as a necessary evil, the hospital environment lends itself to spotlighting how we’re truly part of the solution. We’re here to help.

I am fortunate to have an allocated group of 55 dedicated police officers serving five Methodist campuses. We also have a dedicated support, dispatch, and PBX communications staff working to keep Methodist a safer place.  I’m always looking for potential candidates to join our team. We look for officers to join our force who are genuine, compassionate, value driven, and mature and who have at least two years of experience dealing with difficult environments, such as working in a prison or serving in the military. At the end of the day, we’re here to serve everyone who visits our campuses.

Regardless of who holds your commission, we’re in the people business — people taking care of people. For our police employees at Methodist, we have to remember that they have to be taken care of as well.  After all, we’re people who have families and needs, too. And when there is a tragedy in our work, we grieve like everyone else.

Why should a police officer consider working for Methodist? Our new campaign is “Trust Methodist,” and for me, it says it all. As a faith-based organization, I think it’s important that the foundation of our calling comes from the heart. If you have the desire to fill that need, I can think of no better organization than the Methodist Health System police department. Visit us at

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Methodist Charlton Medical Center Debuts ED RN Residency Program

by Genean Grant, MHA, BSN, RN, CNRN Manager, Emergency Services, Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Methodist Charlton Medical Center will launch an Emergency Department (ED) RN Residency Program in October for experienced RNs who are looking to change clinical areas. This exciting and challenging program is now accepting applications from RNs with at least two years of experience in another nursing specialty such as med-surg or critical care. The 12-week program offers a $5,000 sign-on bonus and relocation assistance. Deadline to submit an application is August 15.

You may ask yourself, “Why become an ED RN?” It’s fast paced. You’ll be exposed to many diverse patients who come into the ED with a wide variety of disease processes. One of the most rewarding things about the ED is that you can often see results from your care almost immediately. And at the end of the day, you’ll realize that many of your skills and interventions can and really do save lives. That’s amazingly gratifying. Every day we talk about the lifelong lessons and memories that are created here.

Why am I so excited about the ED RN Residency Program? We are looking for nurses who are energetic, have a desire for professional growth, and want to take their skills to the next level. This opportunity gives you a chance to work at one of the busiest EDs in the area, plus Methodist Charlton is Chest Pain Accredited, Stroke Certified, and working on a Level III Trauma Center designation. Not only do we work together as a team, our culture is like family. We respect each other, support each other, and collaborate to be the best caregivers possible. What’s more, our Methodist Charlton president is an RN — she speaks our language and understands our needs — she has our backs!

The program offers classroom and clinical training with preceptors, teaching participants new skills and empowering them to enhance the patient experience in an environment that has a laser focus on achieving Magnet® status. This is also an important pillar in our commitment to help our nurses become lifelong learners.

The first five weeks of the program will involve intensive classroom learning including clinical expert presenters who will teach primary systems such as cardiology, respiratory, and gastroenterology. These sessions will help participants expand critical-thinking skills and broaden their clinical care knowledge. In the following weeks, students will be paired with preceptors in a one-on-one relationship to help transition them into the ED. Students will have one patient during the first week in the ED, two patients the second week, working up to four patients. This gradual transition will help students understand each level of care in the ED as well as become members of our healthcare team.

In addition, supplemental classes will cover topics such as IV drips, improved assessment of the patient, and becoming a better patient advocate. We’ll help students with time management so they can assess patients and effectively document their care and interventions. The final few weeks of the program will allow students to work independently with direct supervision, creating an ideal environment for students to learn to work within their care teams. Depending on the individual student’s needs, refresher training will be conducted up to a full year to readdress and reinforce skills and critical thinking.

Remember, the application deadline is August 15. If you’re interested in applying for the ED RN Residency Program that will take you to the next level, let’s connect at We look forward to learning more about you.

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Celebrating Our Nurses

Irene Strejc, MPH, BSN, RN, CENP, ACHE
Vice President Nursing, Chief Nursing Officer
Methodist Richardson Medical Center

One of my favorite times of year is upon us — National Nurses Week. May 6-12 has been set aside as the time for the entire country to celebrate the profession of nursing and thank nurses everywhere for their selfless dedication to others.

My desire to be a nurse started at a very young age. When I was 5 years old, I was hospitalized for flulike symptoms. Even at that young point in my life, I was impressed with the kindness and graciousness of the nurses who cared for me. Perhaps it was because I come from a long line of family members who have deep roots in health care, but I wanted to continue the tradition. When I became a teen, I volunteered at a hospital, then went on to finish a two-year associate’s degree so I could immediately begin caring for others. After working a few years, I realized the vast potential that a nursing career offered, so I went back to school and earned a Bachelor in Nursing then my Master of Public Health.

Each year, I look forward to recognizing nurses during this special week because I think it provides an opportunity to consider the characteristics and values that drive individuals to enter nursing. It also creates a public forum to officially recognize and thank all of our nurses for their selfless dedication to others and the differences they makes in patients’ lives each and every day.

Nursing is the linchpin that brings everything together. Nurses are the eyes and ears of the physicians when they can’t be at the hospital. Working together, physicians and nurses can provide timely, appropriate, patient-centered care. Physicians tell us every day how much they appreciate the spirit of partnership they share with our nurses as they work to achieve the best possible patient outcomes. Year after year, patient surveys indicate that nurses are one of the most trusted members of the health care team. In fact, patients’ attitudes toward their nurses are the most highly correlated components of the patient experience in terms of overall satisfaction. We consistently receive comments from patients thanking their nurses for keeping them informed throughout their care, teaching them about caring for themselves once they leave the hospital, and demonstrating an ability to anticipate their needs before they have to push the call light.

What is the profile of a good nurse? First, nurses have a strong altruistic need to care for people at the most vulnerable times of their lives. There’s no greater contribution you can give to others than to be with them, care for them, and support them and their families during times of personal health crises. In general, nurses are also highly intelligent, good problem solvers, caring and compassionate, dedicated to their profession and to the well-being of their patients, and willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to take care of their patients.

As I speak with nursing graduates today, two themes come through loud and clear. First, nursing is a financially rewarding career that weathers economic down turns. Second, it offers many career options — hospital, physician’s office, rehab, hospice, home health, case management, quality assurance, insurance companies, state agencies, and many other related careers.

At Methodist Richardson Medical Center this week, we are holding several celebratory events that will feature guest speakers, food, and time to socialize with fellow nurses. We’ll be doing clinical rounding throughout the hospital to support our nurses where they work. In addition, we will be presenting two awards — Nurse of the Year and Rookie Nurse of the Year — as we springboard into celebrating National Hospital Week the following week. Our celebrations are from the heart, overflowing with deep appreciation and admiration.

Truly it’s a special privilege to stand with each one of our nurses every day. Caring for our patients and their families is a team effort and each member is an all-star. Together, nurses and other members of the care team are improving clinical care and enhancing the level of service we provide to those who trust us with their overall health and well-being.

If you’re ready to celebrate your career as a nurse, consider Methodist Health System. To learn more, visit us at

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Seven Methodist Health System Nurses Named to Dallas-Fort Worth Great 100 2015

Do you remember the classic movie that was released in 1960, “The Magnificent Seven?” The movie focused on a small town that hired seven men to help protect its citizens. We think all of our nurses are magnificent, and especially the seven Methodist Health System nurses who have been named DFW Great 100 Nurses 2015. This award is recognized throughout the nursing community in the DFW Metroplex as an esteemed honor and prestigious accomplishment. Here are brief snapshots of each of the distinguished honorees. We are proud to call them family.

Sherri Floyd, BSN, RN, Risk Manager, Methodist Dallas Medical Center
Sherri has been a nurse at Methodist Dallas for 22 years. She spent 19 years in the surgical intensive care unit and the last three years in the risk management department.

“The most important value a Great 100 Nurse can have is passion. Nurses are compassionate by nature, but we must have that passion, that fire in the gut, to facilitate change and growth. My goal as risk manager is to assure that each bedside nurse can make a difference for all patients. I work daily with nurses and managers to increase patient safety as well as that of the employee. I have driven from Fort Worth to Methodist Dallas all of these years because Methodist is my family. I can’t imagine working at any other hospital.”

Karrie Klein, RNC-OB, Staff Nurse, Labor and Delivery, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center
Karrie has been a labor and delivery nurse at Methodist Mansfield since 2008.

“The most important value a Great 100 Nurse can have is commitment — commitment to making nursing your lifestyle, not just a 12-hour job. Sometimes, an empathetic nurse is all the family and visitors have to look forward to. Everything we do supports families and patients when they are at their most vulnerable. I think a Great 100 Nurse has an innate gift of unconditional compassion and a mission to promote quality of life. We work to positively impact not only our patients, but also our work unit by finding ways to improve patient care and satisfaction. That also means reaching beyond the hospital’s doors and into the community to provide education and promote community health.”

Cindy Lantz, RN, Nurse Manager, Observation Unit, Methodist Dallas Medical Center
Cindy has been a nurse at Methodist Dallas for 15 years.

“I feel very humbled to receive this award. I work with a great team of people. I truly love being a nurse, and I hope I am helping to make a difference for others. My philosophy is that we shouldn’t define our patients by their diagnoses. Every patient has a story, a reason that brought him or her to our doors, a life before he or she became sick or injured. I make it a point to take a few minutes to talk to each of my patients about their life, to get to know them as a person, not just a diagnosis.”

Cassie Oden, RN, CEN, Staff Nurse, Emergency Department, Methodist Dallas Medical Center
Cassie has been a nurse at Methodist Dallas for seven years.

“I am very pleased to have been selected as one of DFW’s Great 100 Nurses. I never thought I would be chosen for such an award. It is such an honor. I have always strived to give my best to every patient. In the emergency department (ED), we deal with people of all ages with a wide range of injury and illness acuity. A large part of our job is providing compassionate care to our patients and comforting their family during life-changing events. This is especially important after the death of a loved one. My advice to other nurses is to give the best care you can to every patient. Be compassionate and remember that the patient’s family needs care, too. Never stop learning or improving yourself.”

Nancy Valant, BSN, RN, CEN, Staff Nurse, Emergency Department, Methodist Dallas Medical Center
Nancy has been a nurse at Methodist Dallas for 29 years. She was a member of the first intensive care unit (ICU) internship class.

“There are several values that a Great 100 Nurse has — integrity, experience, knowledge, respect from co-workers and management, and the willingness to keep learning. After spending seven years in the ICU, I transferred to the ED for a more active environment and have been here ever since. I love the teamwork and the cohesiveness, plus we see a great variety of patient illnesses and trauma. I feel I can make a difference in the lives of my patients, and I get a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction from my job that I don’t get anywhere else.”

John Vo, MSN, RN, Director, Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Services, Methodist Dallas Medical Center
John has been with Methodist Dallas for 14 years.

“It’s such an honor to be recognized as a Great 100 Nurse. Why am I in nursing today? When I was in college, I had to be hospitalized. There, I experienced two kinds of nursing care — one nurse who was compassionate and caring and another who was not so much. That influenced my career decision to go into health care and be the kind of nurse who patients and families could really depend on. I am committed to give them the very best care possible. Today, when I talk with nurses who are considering changing jobs, I tell them to come to Methodist. ‘You won’t get lost in a big corporate structure. The culture is welcoming and friendly. And everyone is willing to help.’ I’m blessed to work with such a talented group of people.”

Judy VonEhr, RN, BSN, Manager, NICU and Neonatal Transport Team, Methodist Dallas Medical Center
Judy has been with Methodist Dallas for two years.

“I always wanted to be a nurse, so it’s no surprise I’ve had a 36-year nursing career. My passion has always been to work with children, so I eventually became a neonatal intensive care unit nurse. The greatest gratification I get from my work is taking care of a very small infant who may be really sick, then seeing that child with his or her family thriving a few years later. Seeing what a difference I can make for these babies and their families is so rewarding. Methodist is one of the greatest places I’ve ever worked. Every day I feel that I’m supported by my colleagues and by our leadership.”

The DFW Great 100 Nurses was launched in 1991 as a celebration that raises the awareness of the area’s 40,000 practicing nurses’ contributions, including patient care, research, leadership, education, and community service. In addition, the celebration builds the image of nursing through positive reinforcement of the profession as a scientific art and the recognition of those who exemplify excellence. It is a special honor for a nurse to be nominated by patients, their family members, peers, former teachers, physicians, and administrators.

If you’re ready to join a great organization that emphasizes professionalism, collaboration, and accountability to each other, consider Methodist Health System. To learn more, visit us at

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For 11th Consecutive Year: Methodist Health System Named Among North Texas’ Best Places to Work


For the eleventh consecutive year, the Dallas Business Journal recognized Methodist Health System as one of the Best Places to Work in North Texas. Methodist placed 6th in large businesses from 60 finalists in small, medium, and large companies across Dallas, Collin, Tarrant, Denton, and immediately adjacent counties.

Winning honorees and specific rankings were announced June 19 during an awards luncheon at the Fairmont Dallas Hotel and will be featured in a special edition of the publication. Additionally, Methodist was the highest ranked health system in the large business category and the only health system to place as a finalist for at least 11 years of the 12-year program.

“Being recognized for 11 years in a row as a best place to work is a tremendous accomplishment for our Methodist family,” says Methodist Health System President and CEO Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD, FACHE. “I believe this honor reflects our mission to not only serve our patients and their families, but to create and maintain a work environment that serves our most valued asset – our employees.”

Methodist employees voted their workplace as a 2014 Best Places to Work site through surveys conducted by the Dallas Business Journal in the regional employer recognition program. Participation is open to companies across Dallas, Collin, Tarrant, Denton, and immediately adjacent counties.

Selection is based on employee responses to surveys and hundreds of Methodist Health System employees voted in the competition by completing an extensive online survey. Surveys reflect topics such as work environment, innovations and new ideas, people practices, personal growth and development, leadership in the organization, employee recognition, and how things work day to day. Competition is divided into three different categories: small businesses (1-99 North Texas employees); mid-sized businesses (100-499 local employees); and large businesses (500 or more local employees).

To earn the prestigious designation, companies must meet or exceed a national best practice score for their category, as determined by an independent research company performing more than 5,000 company surveys across the country each year.

In May, Methodist was recognized as one of the 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review for the fourth year in a row.

About Methodist Health System

Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated care to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas.  Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Methodist Midlothian Health Center, and Methodist Family Health Centers are part of the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Additional information is available at To see why Methodist Health System is a brilliant choice for your career, join our talent community at and connect with us through Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and our blog.


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3 Methodist Health System Nurses Named Nursing Excellence Finalists for South Region


Amanda Truelove

Three Methodist Health System nurses are 2014 South Region nursing excellence GEM Award regional finalists in Texas. Methodist Mansfield Medical Center’s Manager of Labor and Delivery Amanda Truelove and Clinical Coordinator Kalinda Longino are finalists in the categories of clinical nursing inpatient and home, community and ambulatory care, respectively. Methodist Charlton Medical Center’s Director of Education Lisa Murphy is a finalist in education and mentorship.

They are among 18 nurses from the Texas South Region who were honored this year. One nurse finalist in six categories will be named a Texas regional winner and will advance to the national awards program with winners being announced in the fall. All Methodist honorees were nominated by colleagues and were selected by a panel of expert judges through a blind review process.

Kalinda Longino

Truelove is being honored for efforts in reducing early elective deliveries and for being recognized nationally for her efforts to decrease harm by encouraging moms to wait until 39 weeks to electively deliver. Longino is being honored for her work to improve SCIP measures in surgical services and for going above and beyond when caring for outpatients. Murphy is being honored for her coaching and mentoring of future nurses, and for creating an education department from the ground up that has expanded and flourished under her leadership.

“These employees are known for their clinical excellence, positive attitudes, and compassion for quality health care,” Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Pamela Stoyanoff says. “They extend that same care and dedication to our community and are well deserving of this honor.”

Lisa Murphy

Note to editor: Photos of the three awardees are available at

About Methodist Health System
Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated care to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas.  Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Methodist Midlothian Health Center, and Methodist Family Health Centers are part of the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Additional information is available at To see why Methodist Health System is a brilliant choice for your career, join our talent community at and connect with us through Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and our blog.


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Meet the New Chief Nursing Officer at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

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Celebrating the Spirit and Dedication of Our Nurses

By Tony Paterniti, PhD, RN
Director of Education
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Today is the last day of National Nurses Week, an annual observance dedicated to the high calling of the nursing profession and honoring those who have chosen to serve others.

Across Methodist Health System, we strive to honor and recognize our outstanding nurses throughout the year. We do this in many ways:

  • Our professional advancement program enables nurses to move up in their careers and provides opportunities to recognize their achievements as they progress from novice to seasoned caregiver.
  • Our unit-based council structure provides an avenue for nurses to give input on caring for patients on their unit and throughout the hospital.
  • Our collaborative nursing program with El Centro College encourages not only our employees but also their family members to become registered nurses.
  • Our generous tuition reimbursement program inspires our nurses to continue the lifelong pursuit of nursing education.

Perhaps no other human being has had a greater impact on health care than Florence Nightingale. A young Victorian woman born to a wealthy family, she heard the whisper of God’s voice to improve the well-being of her fellow man by improving the perception and skills of the primary caregivers — nurses. Her efforts added enormous credibility to the profession of nursing, raising it from a rudimentary practice to a noble service. Her gift was adding the human touch to caregiving, something that was missing up to that time. Her efforts to formalize nursing education eventually impacted health care delivery in every corner of the world. To bolster the effectiveness of the nurse, Nightingale worked diligently to change the physical environment in the hospital to be more conducive to the practice of nursing.

This year, Methodist Dallas Medical Center is bringing a special exhibit to the community to celebrate our nurses and their noble calling. The Florence Nightingale exhibit will be open from 2 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 21, in the main lobby of the hospital. The exhibit will provide a look at the development and history of the nursing profession. We feel this is one of the best ways to honor our nurses and recognize the critical role they play in helping our patients heal.

One of our educators is re-creating the dress that Nightingale wore. In fact, the lace being used on the dress and bonnet is from England. The exhibit features:

  • First-edition works by Florence Nightingale
  • Books from her personal library
  • An artisan’s representation of the pin given to her by Queen Victoria
  • And much more.

We hope you will make plans to help us celebrate nursing and our wonderful nurses by attending the Florence Nightingale exhibit — especially if you are a nurse. You’ll come away from the experience with a greater appreciation about the roots of your profession and how her spirit belongs to mankind. Because of her dedication, her work continues through you and your colleagues. You are the spiritual descendant of Florence Nightingale. You could belong to no better family.

If you’re ready to make a historic change in your career, then it’s time to choose Methodist Health System. Visit

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New Year, New Career at Methodist Health System

By Preston Miller, SPHR
Human Resources Director
Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Where did the year go? If you’re like most people I know, the holidays caught up with us before we were ready and now New Year’s is upon us. Are you making resolutions this year? The most common resolutions are related to living a healthier life — losing weight and exercising more. But have you thought of improving the health of your career?

Think how much time you spend at work — eight, 10, 12 hours a day. That’s probably more time than you spend with your family and friends every day. Investing so much time in something you don’t particularly enjoy isn’t healthy for you or your employer. How do you know if you are investing your time wisely? Ask yourself these questions:

  • When people ask me about my job, is my immediate reaction positive or negative?
  • At the end of my workday, am I pleased with what I’ve accomplished and excited about the role I’ve played in my company?
  • When I wake up in the morning, am I energized by the type of work that I do?
  • Do I look forward to going to work? Am I continuing to grow professionally and personally?
  • Am I being challenged on a daily basis?

If you can’t answer yes to each of these questions, then it’s time to consider making some changes.

At Methodist Health System, we are looking for employees who connect with our patients, express a spirit of caring, and are supported by clinical expertise. In return, we are committed to supporting our employees in several ways:

  • Providing the resources to help employees maintain their highest level of personal wellness
  • Living our faith-based mission every day and supporting our employees’ spiritual needs
  • Continually developing and reinforcing a feeling of family, teamwork, and collaboration
  • Celebrating with our employees through picnics, receptions, awards ceremonies, and more to give them a well-deserved pat on the back. Our goal is for employees to feel supported and appreciated for the people they are and the work they do serving our patients and community.

At Methodist Charlton Medical Center, we have amazing camaraderie. We’re part of one of the largest health systems in the area, but it really feels like a hometown community. We support employees so they can support our patients. We also encourage constant learning and provide daily opportunities for employees to expand their knowledge base.

If you’re interested in making a positive career move in the new year, research Methodist’s mission, values, and core beliefs to see if they align with yours. Ask lots of questions. Think about what’s important to you and the people with whom you will interact. Consider which direction you want to steer your career. If you’re finding lots of green lights, then you’ll know that Methodist is the place for you.

Cheers to the new year and the health of your career! Learn more by visiting

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How to be a Happier Employee

By Judy Laister
Human Resources Director
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Here’s a fact that has the entire Methodist Health System family beaming. The Advisory Board, a health care think tank whose members represent approximately 94 percent of the U.S. News and World Report’s best hospitals, has recognized Methodist as having one of the nation’s most engaged workforces for the second year in a row. That’s great, but what does it mean for our employees, the health system, and the patients who trust us with their well-being?

We believe that to have truly engaged employees, the employee must be involved in work decisions and be heard. Methodist employees actively participate in workflow processes they perform on a daily basis. Employee surveys tell us that they appreciate:

  1. Being recognized as subject matter experts
  2. Being given opportunities to provide input into how tasks can be performed more efficiently
  3. Their autonomy to influence the decisions that affect their daily work life. As a result, employees feel that they make significant contributions and that their opinions matter.

The results? Happier, more engaged employees provide better experiences for our patients. Many candidates understand the concept of engagement just as they know about shared governance. At Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, employees are engaged in staffing committees to review issues such as schedules and quality. If opportunities for improvement are identified, a group of employees is assembled who are subject matter experts. The group determines what needs to be changed or improved and helps to put the new process in place.

We’ve ingrained employee engagement into the dialogue we have with prospective employees. Here, every newly hired employee must be interviewed by peers before his or her employment is finalized. It’s very important for the prospective employee to interface with others in the department and get the real picture of what engagement looks like from the department perspective. Peer interviewers are handpicked high performers who complete special training. Since beginning this practice in 2012, our turnover rate has decreased significantly. Hearing what the staff has to say has made the difference.

Becoming an engaged employee may be the best thing you could do for a happier career. Here are three tips:

  1. Find your passion. What are you interested in? Do you want to be part of making a change for the better? Once you’ve identified your passion, you are on the path to be more successful in a highly engaged work environment.
  2. Volunteer for committees or counsels where you are confident in your skills and have knowledge to share. Start small. Take on one project that you’re passionate about and help make a difference.
  3. Seek counsel from your manager or Human Resources representative for suggestions and learn how you can make contributions.

If you’re ready to engage with an organization that values your time, talents, and achievements, we look forward to adding you to our Methodist Health System family. Learn more by visiting

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