Category: Nursing Awards
Eight Methodist Health System nurses are South Region finalists in the 2013 Nurse.com Nursing Excellence Awards. Methodist Mansfield’s Director of OR Shelley Cook, Director of Surgical Acute and Clinical Recognition Ulondia Lee, GI nurse Kathy Ripley, CNO Jeanne Reeves, Medical Telemetry nurse Sharon D. Smith and Cardiac/Stroke Coordinator Karen Yates are finalists in the categories of volunteerism and service; patient staff management; home, community and ambulatory care; advancing and leading the profession; volunteerism and service and education and mentorship, respectively. Methodist Richardson’s Cancer Center Nurse Navigator Jane Reeves is a finalist in Home/Community and Ambulatory Care. Methodist Charlton’s Medical Center Cherie James Surgical Nurse Manager is a finalist in volunteerism and service.
They are among 30 nurses from the Texas South Region who will be honored during the Texas Nursing Excellence Awards gala on Friday, Aug. 16, at the Omni Hotel Houston. At the event, one nurse in six categories will be named a Texas regional winner and will advance to the national award program with winners announced in the fall. All Methodist honorees were nominated by a colleague for the award and were selected by a panel of expert judges through a blind review process.
“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.”
Note to editor: Photos of the seven awardees are available at www.methodisthealthsystem.org/2013NurseExcellence.
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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
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The March edition of D Magazine features fifteen Methodist Health System nurses honored in the magazine’s second annual Nursing in Excellence Awards program. Four of the 21 nurses chosen for special recognition are Methodist Health System nurses and include: Methodist Dallas Medical Center Director of Nursing Women’s and Children’s Services Pamala Gessling, MBA, BSN, RNC-OB, NEA-BC in the Women’s Health category; Methodist Dallas Medical Center Nurse Manager for Neuro Critical Care Kathleen Andrews, RN, BSN, in the Intensive Care category; Methodist Mansfield Medical Center CNO Jeanne Reeves, RN, BSN, MS in the Nursing Administration category, and Methodist Mansfield Medical Center Director of Surgical Acute and Clinical Recognition Ulondia Lee, RN, MSN, in the Internal Medicine category.
“All of these extraordinary nurses are role models for Methodist and are admired for their leadership and clinical expertise,” Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Pamela Stoyanoff says. “They extend that same compassionate care and dedication to serve and care for others in our communities and are well deserving of being named as winners and finalists for this recognition.”
To compile the list, D Magazine asked local hospitals, private practices, doctors, and patients to nominate a registered nurse in one of 21 categories. They received 339 nominations detailing how the nurses impacted the lives of others, their community, and profession. The editors selected the best nominations and sent them to a panel of registered nurses in three fields. “They are all extraordinary examples of excellence in action as they care for patients each day,” said Tim Rogers, Editor of D Magazine.
The 11 Methodist Health System nurse finalists honored at the publication’s ceremony were; Stacey Castellanos, RN, MS, FNP-C, CNRN, CCRN; Winfred Neal, RN, BSN; Jennifer Tullis, RN, BSN, ONC; Allison Vo, RN, BSN, OCN from Methodist Dallas along with Shelley Cook, RN, BSN; Hayley Hendon, RN; Juanita Hernandez, RN, BSN, MSN; Sharon Smith, RN, BSN; Tim Taylor RN, BSN; and Vicki Wiseman, RNC-OB, BSN, MBA from Methodist Mansfield.
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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 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.
1441 N. Beckley Avenue
Dallas, TX 75203
Contact: Suzanne Lewis
Who doesn’t like daisies? They’re bright, spirit-lifting flowers that are often given to show appreciation and affection. That’s why it’s so appropriate that the DAISY Award has become a public way to thank nurses for their dedication and caring. The award grew out of the grief of one family’s loss and their desire to thank the wonderful nurses who took care of their loved one during his final days. The family started the Daisy Foundation (www.daisyfoundation.org), and the rest is history.
The symbol and the spirit of the award seemed a perfect fit for the Methodist Health System family, so we brought the program to all four of our campuses this past April. From the moment we announced the award, we have received tremendous feedback from patients, families, and physicians regarding the extraordinary work our nurses do. This positive response has validated our hunch that the DAISY Award would fit with our culture by honoring our nurses who make a difference in the lives of our patients.
We feel it is a win-win for Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. Not only do the nominees and the DAISY Award recipient receive well-deserved recognition, the entire concept is reinforcing our positive culture throughout Methodist Health System. You can feel the increased pride throughout the organization, and this is helping to create more satisfied employees.
I’m proud to say that Ronda Higgins, RN, in the med-surg department at Methodist Mansfield, was our first DAISY Award recipient. We think she personifies the spirit of the award. Here’s what her nomination form said:
“… Ronda has a positive attitude and is always smiling and making others laugh. Rhonda delivers care with high integrity. She is our go-to person. We can always count on her to be the best and provide a standard of care that we can look up to. She is very supportive of our needs when she is in charge. She is a leader and promoter of the dedication to nursing that I respect in a nurse.”
If I were a nurse looking for a new career opportunity, I would look for an organization that has a DAISY Award program. The program indicates and promulgates several things:
- Job satisfaction. To me, this kind of nursing award program indicates that the nurses are engaged and satisfied with their work and their work environment. That translates into happy, long-tenured nurses.
- A healthy work environment. The nominations may come from fellow nurses, families, patients, and physicians. They speak to how we support each other and foster teamwork throughout Methodist.
- A self-esteem booster. As nurses, we always try to do the right thing, play fair, and be compassionate. The DAISY Award validates that what I do counts for something.
I think the DAISY Award symbolizes what future nurses desire when looking for a place to develop their career.
- Support. Work group cohesiveness. Teamwork.
- Recognition and appreciation for adding value.
- Opportunity. Recipients are and will be high-performing nurses. An award like this can help open doors to new opportunities in your career.
- Cutting-edge of best practices. This award is supported by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which is the accrediting body that designates Magnet hospitals. The award, therefore, tells nurses that they are working in an organization built on best practices, and it helps us align with the Magnet journey.
If you’re ready to be recognized for the value you bring to your patients, then it’s time to choose Methodist. Learn more by visiting Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org.
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