Category: Emergency Care

Internship Opens the Door to ED Nursing

By Bernadette Trail, PHR
Human Resources Generalist
Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Nursing internships have been around for a long time. In fact, they’re one of the most popular employee programs offered at Methodist Charlton Medical Center. But this year, we are piloting a completely different internship program — one that specializes solely in transitioning experienced RNs to the Emergency Department (ED).

Internships traditionally provide a multidisciplinary experience in a variety of nursing settings, including medical-surgical, cardiology, neurology, the intensive care unit (ICU), and more. Now Methodist Charlton is offering 10-week internships for nurses who are ready to immerse themselves in an intense, structured, and ED-specific internship.

What’s more, Methodist Charlton’s internship is only for RNs who have at least two years of nursing experience. As the second-busiest ED in the Metroplex, this is a great opportunity for nurses who have a solid clinical foundation and who may have considered ED nursing in the past, but have been in another discipline.

Applications are being accepted now and classes will begin the end of August. We’re evaluating additional candidate criteria as well, including:

  • Compassion for the ED patient population
  • A commitment to working with high-acuity patients
  • A desire to help us take our ED to the next level in terms of serving our patients and delivering even better outcomes. Our ultimate goal is to be known for the compassion and concern we have for our patients.

The internship provides many benefits to selected candidates. In addition to the standard ED nursing experience, the internship will also offer ED critical care, and the clinical preceptor

phase will be guided by experts in emergency medicine and trauma care. Interns will join our proud, compassionate team of health care professionals that staff our ED. They will also be working for a health care system that has been recognized as a Best Place to Work for 10 consecutive years by the Dallas Business Journal and that has one of the most engaged employee populations in the nation as measured by the Advisory Board.

If you’re a nurse who has always wanted to work in the ED but for one reason or another never had the opportunity, the Methodist Charlton ED internship may be just the answer to redirect your career. As one of Texas’ leading teaching and referral centers, we are committed to providing fertile ground for learning and are passionate about quality health care.

If you’re ready to embark on a new journey in your nursing career that is both challenging and rewarding, then it’s time to choose the ED internship program at Methodist Charlton. Learn more by visiting

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Local Officials and Business Leaders Join Methodist Charlton Open House Celebration for New Patient Care Units

Campus Adds New Tower Units, Odyssey Hospice, and Select Specialty Hospital

Methodist Charlton Medical Center recently held an open house to celebrate several additions to the growing campus. These additions increase the number of hospital beds, and offer patients and the community more options in their continuum of care.

Methodist Charlton President Jonathan S. Davis, FACHE, addresses guests attending the open house.

Methodist Charlton invested $27.3 million in this most recent expansion and renovation, which adds 35 new patient care beds and additional patient

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care units. Three additional patient units are now open in the new patient tower to provide specialty care in cardiology, orthopedics, surgery, and oncology, and offer upgraded amenities to patients and families. The postcoronary interventional care unit (PCIU) was also relocated and enlarged to almost double its previous size to support cardiology patients.

“This expansion demonstrates Methodist Charlton’s ongoing commitment to our community,” says Methodist Charlton President Jonathan S. Davis, FACHE. “Our ultimate goal is to better meet the needs of our community and improve the care that we provide to our patients each and every day.”

To further support the health care needs of the community, Methodist Charlton has leased space in the original tower of the hospital to Odyssey Hospice, an independent provider operating an inpatient hospice unit, and Select Specialty Hospital, an independent provider of inpatient long term acute care. Odyssey and Select bring much needed services to the southern Dallas County community and allow Methodist Charlton patients to receive hospice and long term acute care services without being transferred to another facility. The Odyssey inpatient hospice unit at Methodist Charlton is the only one in Dallas County located inside a hospital.

The expansion is also expected to enhance the patients’ experience throughout the hospital. The additional 35 patient beds will help place patients from the emergency department in their inpatient rooms more quickly. With these transitions and expansions, approximately 85 percent of patients (not including Select Specialty Hospital or Odyssey Hospice units) will be placed in the new patient tower upon admission.

The open house celebration included prayer by Methodist Charlton Advisory Board Member the Rev. Jim Bowden, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Duncanville, as well as a tour of the new patient care area. Making remarks were Jonathan S. Davis, FACHE, Methodist Charlton president; Delia Jasso, Dallas city council member District 1; Joe Gordon, president of Select Medical’s hospital division; Ron Crossno, MD, Odyssey Hospice senior national medical director; and Curtistene McCowan, Methodist Charlton advisory board member and DeSoto city council member.

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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.

Odyssey Hospice and Select Specialty Hospital are independent, legal entities separate from Methodist Health System, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, or any other affiliated institution.

Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System.

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Does a full moon mean higher emergency department volumes?

By Joben Rieth, RN, BS, MBA
Director of Emergency Services, Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Does a full moon mean higher emergency department (ED) volumes? Will more women really go into labor? Halloween conjures up thoughts of black cats, werewolves, and other superstitions, so that begs the question, “What’s fact and what’s fiction when it comes to health?”

ED nurses will tell you that patient volume goes up during the full moon. This year, the full moon falls on Monday, October 29, a night sure to be filled with parties, tricks, and treats. In labor and delivery, clinicians say it’s busier the day before, day of, and day after the full moon. There is no conclusive evidence to support these observations, but here’s what we do know about the full moon and other medical myths.

Tale: ED visits increase during holidays.
On Halloween, the ED sees an increase in finger and hand injuries, cuts, and broken bones in children. For adults, alcohol is often involved. Alcohol impairs balance and judgment, so driving while intoxicated isn’t the only issue. Using power tools under the influence, decorating, climbing on ladders, and a host of other activities can become more dangerous when alcohol is in the mix.

Tale: Seizures are brought on by a full moon.
Fact: Researchers at the University of Patras Medical School in Greece studied 859 patients treated for seizures and found a “significant clustering of seizures” around the time of a full moon. They aren’t sure why, but what we do know is that there seems to be a link with riskier behavior and a full moon on a weekend. Do we change our staffing in the ED when there’s a full moon? No. We staff according to historic statistics, which show that Sunday and Monday are traditionally busier in the ED than other days of the week.

Tale: An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Fact: While some experts say the only way an apple will keep a doctor away is if you throw it at him or her, several recent studies have suggested that the high levels of phenolics contained in apples work as a potent antioxidant that can reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer. In addition, a recent study from researchers at Ithaca, New York–based Cornell University suggests that apples may also stave off Alzheimer’s disease.

Tale: Feed a cold, starve a fever.
Fact: Regardless of your illness, the bottom line is that your body needs energy in order to overcome the illness. Your best bet if you’re feeling under the weather? Stay home, drink plenty of fluids, and eat your normal, nutritionally sound diet.

As for staying out of the ED this Halloween and throughout the fall season, here are some tips for you and your family:

  1. Don’t eat any candy without sealed wrappers. You can’t guarantee safety or good hygiene with unwrapped items.
  2. Make sure costumes are reflective for safety when crossing streets.
  3. If you want to paint your face, be sure to read the label to ensure the product is safe for face application.
  4. If you’re going into neighborhoods you aren’t familiar with, be careful. Go in pairs with adults.
  5. Also, remember that this is the season for Halloween, tailgating parties, fairs, and fun. If you choose to drink an alcoholic beverage, be responsible and get a designated driver.

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