Category: Employee Recognition

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 Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org.

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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 Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org.

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Three from Methodist Health System Honored in D Magazine’s Excellence in Healthcare Awards

12/8/14

Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD, FACHE, Methodist Health System president and CEO; Darin Charles, MD, family medicine physician at Methodist Family Health Center – Mansfield North; and Jeannette McCally, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center volunteer, were honored in D Magazine’s Excellence in Healthcare Awards for 2014. These representatives are among the top 18 individuals in North Texas chosen for their excellence in health care from more than 175.

Dr. Mansfield was honored as Outstanding Healthcare Executive. He is well known throughout the Metroplex for leading one of the fastest-growing health care systems in Texas. Not only has he led the hospital in clinical and financial performance, he has also shown commitment to the community he serves. Since the start of his leadership at Methodist in 2006, the health system has nearly tripled its revenue, operates eight hospitals and 27primary care centers, and serves 14,000 enrollees in its Accountable Care Organization. Dr. Mansfield was instrumental in leading the health system to pair with the renowned Mayo Clinic for collaborative care. He remains committed to Methodist’s mission of providing compassionate, quality care to every patient in a changing health care environment. Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Mansfield has viewed his leadership role as a ministry to serve people from all walks of life.

Dr. Charles was named an Outstanding Healthcare Practitioner finalist. In addition to being a family medicine physician at Methodist Family Health Center – Mansfield North, he is the medical director for the Mansfield Independent School District Staff Clinic. He is a leader in his field of family medicine and is committed to establishing and maintaining a patient-centered model of care. His service exemplifies servant leadership. To help make a difference in the community, he was instrumental in assembling a team of physicians to conduct free sports physicals for student athletes and promotes health by participating in local walks and runs.

Mrs. McCally was named an Outstanding Healthcare Volunteer finalist. She is an ambassador for Methodist Mansfield, giving thousands of hours of volunteerism. She is a founding member of the Auxiliary and has served on the Auxiliary’s board of directors for eight consecutive years. Since 2006, she has led fundraising efforts for the annual Holly Days, Style Show, and General Store at the hospital.

“Dr. Mansfield, Dr. Charles, and Mrs. McCally are known for their leadership, expertise, and compassion for serving others,” says Levi Davis, chairman, Methodist Health System board of directors. “They are dedicated to our community and are well deserving of this honor.”

Photographs are available at www.methodisthealthsystem.org/photos-d-ceo-excellence-in-healthcare-finalists-2014

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 www.methodisthealthsystem.org. To see why Methodist Health System is a brilliant choice for your career, join our talent community at Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org and connect with us through Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and our blog.

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

5/23/14

Amanda Truelove

Three Methodist Health System nurses are 2014 South Region Nurse.com 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 www.methodisthealthsystem.org/Photo-2014-Nurse-Excellence-Finalists.

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 www.methodisthealthsystem.org. To see why Methodist Health System is a brilliant choice for your career, join our talent community at Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org and connect with us through Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and our blog.

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Contact: Suzanne Lewis
214.352.5929
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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 Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org.

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Recognizing Employees for a Job Well Done

By Chris Loyd
Human Resources Director
Methodist Richardson Medical Center

Valuing employees and recognizing them for a job well done is a core value at Methodist Richardson Medical Center and throughout Methodist Health System. But all recognition is not created equal. Just ask baby boomers about recognition and compare their responses to millennials’. Baby boomers want to be recognized for their knowledge, experience, loyalty, and years of service to the organization. Millennials want regular recognition to keep their work batteries charged. Understanding these differences and how they motivate our diverse employee base helps us keep all of them engaged and connected to our organization.

U.S. News and World Report recently issued its latest list of top occupations based on the Labor Department’s predictions on hiring demand. The job rankings also include employment rate, salary, job opportunity, and job satisfaction. Nearly 40 percent of their best jobs are in the health care category which includes:

  • Dental hygienist
  • Dentist
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Occupational therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Phlebotomist
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician
  • Physician assistant
  • Registered nurse.

A recent CareerBuilder and Harris Interactive survey found 21 percent of full-time employees hope to change jobs in 2014, up from 17 percent of job-changers in 2013. That’s why organizations, including hospitals and health systems, are focusing on retaining employees. High turnover contributes to increased costs, lost productivity, and increased opportunity for errors.

Methodist has a comprehensive employee recognition program that is a key pillar of our overall retention strategy.

  • Methodist conducts periodic employee engagement surveys to identify opportunities for improvement. Action plans and follow-up surveys help us determine if improvement has occurred.
  • We celebrate success, whether it is a group or an individual. We honor employees for their service to Methodist at our annual service awards program.
  • Our G.R.E.A.T. Awards (Giving Recognition for Excellence, Achievement, and Teamwork), celebrated bimonthly at each Methodist campus, provides physicians, patients, families, and colleagues the opportunity to recognize an employee for his or her outstanding performance.
  • We provide many professional development opportunities for our employees as well as have quarterly leadership meetings and annual leadership conferences throughout the Methodist system.
  • At Methodist Richardson, we honor five or six employees each quarter who have received recognition into the President’s Club. These employees have been nominated because of their outstanding service to patient care and their willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty. They are invited to have lunch with Ken Hutchenrider, Methodist Richardson’s president, and thanked with a three-course catered meal served in the board room complete with linens and china. They also receive a President’s Club pin and certificate.

Employee engagement is a core value at Methodist. That’s why we’ve developed a targeted recognition and retention approach that includes:

  • Daily recognition
  • Ongoing appreciation
  • Routine communication including updates, developments, awards, changes, and more
  • Asking for employees’ ideas about how to improve processes, efficiencies, and work environment
  • Providing employees with the opportunity to develop plans to implement their improvement ideas, then celebrating their creative ideas and supporting their efforts as ideas continue to be fine-tuned
  • Engaging all employees to continually improve their work environment at the unit level.

At Methodist, we recognize that honoring employees for their contributions to our organization is hard work. But it’s worth it. Methodist’s size and scope offers many opportunities to collaborate within a facility and among system facilities to share best practices from campus to campus. You simply can’t find that in larger organizations.

Get recognized for your ideas and your willingness to go the extra mile by choosing Methodist Health System. Learn more by visiting Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org.

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