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Surgical Services Educator Named Nurse of the Year at Texas Health Dallas
05/23/2012

DALLAS — Elizabeth (Libby) Charmaine Morse, B.S.N., R.N., CPAN, a nurse educator in surgical services at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, has been named the hospital’s Nurse of the Year.

Elizabeth (Libby) Charmaine Morse, B.S.N., R.N., CPAN
Elizabeth (Libby) Charmaine Morse, B.S.N., R.N., CPAN

“The nurse of the year is the highest honor we can bestow on a nurse,” said Cole Edmonson, D.N.P., R.N., FACHE, NEA-BC, chief nursing office and vice president of patient care services at Texas Health Dallas. “As a Magnet-designated organization, Libby exemplifies all the characteristics of a Magnet nurse, through role modeling of care, compassion, competency, and courage. I am very proud that she is part of our professional team.”

An award-winning researcher, Morse leads her team in the post-anesthesia care unit at Texas Health Dallas by understanding new research and national standards to reinforce teaching at the bedside. She recently presented findings related to unplanned peri-operative hypothermia — results which have changed nursing practice at Texas Health Dallas — at the International Conference for PeriAnesthesia Nurses in Toronto, Canada. The research team’s manuscript will appear in the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing this summer.

Morse, who celebrates her 29th anniversary next month at Texas Health Dallas, was named to this year’s list of "Great 100 Nurses," an award recognizing the region’s best nurses. Her nursing expertise ranges from critical care, nursing administration and, for the past 18 years, surgical services.

One nurse recalled how Morse engaged her team to learn about a new surgical procedure to increase comfort level with the care of these patients after surgery.

“Libby is a top performer and exemplifies excellence in everything she does,” said Susan Cooper, B.S.N., R.N., CPAN, nurse manager of the post-anesthesia care unit at Texas Health Dallas who nominated Morse for the award. “She is really a ‘go-getter’; she is very pro-active in staff education and ensures there are resources available to safely and competently care for our patients.”

Morse learned about the powerful impact of nursing at a young age. At 14 years old, Morse took a job at a nursing home. She observed and admired how the nursing staff cared for the patients. But it wasn’t until her grandmother was admitted to the intensive care unit that Morse knew what she wanted to be when she grew up.

“The nurses were so compassionate and skilled,” Morse said. “They helped us through a difficult time. It confirmed my choice of nursing as a career. And I have enjoyed every moment of it.”

Libby Morse and students
Morse leads her team in the post-anesthesia care unit at Texas Health Dallas by understanding new research and national standards to reinforce teaching at the bedside.
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Currently pursuing her Master’s degree, Morse is an active member of the Texas Association of PeriAnesthesia Nurses, Texas Post Anesthesia Nurses Association, and American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses. She serves on several hospital committees, including Nursing Council and Unit Recruitment and Retention Committee. She participates in annual heart walks, including Race for the Cure, and volunteers at church groups.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is an 898-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, having provided compassionate care to the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities since 1966. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Texas Health Dallas among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery.

An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Dallas has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Dallas.

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