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Texas Health Dallas Honors 'Magnetic' Nurses
05/23/2013

DALLAS — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas recently held its 22nd annual Nursing Awards ceremony recognizing the hospital’s finest nurses and caregivers. Texas Health Dallas honored eight winners who provide “magnetic” care to patients, family and the community.

The annual ceremony is sponsored by the Texas Health Resources Foundation from endowed gifts from grateful donors.
The annual ceremony is sponsored by the Texas Health Resources Foundation from endowed gifts from grateful donors.

“I am extremely proud to practice beside these inspiring and talented nursing professionals,” said Cole Edmonson, D.N.P., R.N., FACHE, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer at Texas Health Dallas. “These individuals exude excellence in their field and role model professionals living the mission to improve the lives of the people in the communities we serve. They exemplify the art and science of nursing in practices of clinical, leadership, education, and research.”

The 2013 Excellence in Nursing Award recipients are:

  • Andreana Baker, B.S.N., RNC-NICU, nurse supervisor in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Texas Health Dallas, was recognized for Excellence in Nursing Leadership — Transformational Leadership. She led at the bedside and collaborated with nursing staff and physicians on the hospital’s medical staff to improve patient care. She served as a champion for the Peek-a-Boo web cam program in the NICU and extended the service to the hospital’s special care nursery unit to help parents stay connected to their babies when they can’t be at the bedside.
  • Christine Brooks, M.S.N., RNC-NICU, nurse manager for the level III NICU at Texas Health Dallas, was recognized for Excellence in Nursing Research, Evidence Based Practice and Innovation. With dual certifications in clinical care and nursing leadership, Brooks’ work has significantly improved patient outcomes through advocating for patients’ rights, conducting research studies and implementing evidence-based practices in the unit.
  • Susan Cooper, B.S.N., R.N., CPAN, nurse manager for the post anesthesia care unit at Texas Health Dallas, was named winner of the Excellence in Nursing Leadership - Exemplary Professional Practice award. She facilitated two evidence-based practice research studies, which appeared in the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, and has been accepted to present her findings internationally in Dublin Ireland later this year.
  • Nell Hines, B.S.N., R.N., clinical educator in the psychiatry unit at Texas Health Dallas, was recognized for Excellence in Nursing Education - Structural Empowerment. With 19 years of nursing experience, Nell served as a content expert for mental health issues and often shared her knowledge with others. She is a champion for evidence-based practice and national specialty standards in psychiatry and medical-surgery. Earlier this month, Nell was named to this year’s DFW Great 100 Nurses list.
  • Dana Polk, B.S.N., RNC-NICU, clinical nurse for the level III neonatal intensive care unit at Texas Health Dallas, was honored for Excellence in Clinical Nursing - Transformational Leadership. With 21 years of nursing experience, Polk led the daily TeamSTEPPS briefings and collaborated with multidisciplinary teams to improve patient outcomes and promote teamwork and communication. She also led ostomy care in the unit, developed a new weaning policy, and co-chaired a palliative care committee. For her work, Polk was named winner of the 2012 Nursing Excellence Award by D Magazine.
  • Mercy Thomas, R.N., a certified nurse in the rehabilitation unit at Texas Health Dallas, received the Excellence in Clinical Nursing - Exemplary Professional Practice award. She served as a mentor to her peers and led patient education teaching, which significantly improved satisfaction scores in the hospital’s rehabilitation unit.

In addition, the Texas Health Dallas’ Nursing Excellence Award program honored Krystal Reed as this year’s Clinical Technician of the Year and named Christina Saldivar Unit Secretary of the Year. Reed has served as a patient care technician for the newborn nursery unit at Texas Health Dallas for nine years.

“She anticipates the needs of the patients and uses her skills to care for them, often going above and beyond her assigned responsibilities,” said Unit Nurse Manager Kendra Henderson, B.S.N., RNC-LRN. Reed is actively involved with the Newborn Nursery Outreach Committee where she participates in community outreach projects like the Ronald McDonald House, March of Dimes, and a local nursing home. For her work, Reed was named the Newborn Nursery’s Employee of the Year in 2012.

Saldivar provides administrative support for the hospital’s orthopedics unit. She uses her bilingual skills to help Spanish-speaking patients during their stay at the hospital. She is among two dozen Spanish-speaking employees to become qualified bilingual interpreters through the Qualified Bilingual Interpreter program at Texas Health Dallas.

“We are so proud of our partners in care, Krystal and Christina, without whom we could not provide the excellent care that we are known for,” Edmonson said.

The annual ceremony is sponsored by the Texas Health Resources Foundation from endowed gifts from grateful donors for excellent nursing care.

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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