Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Expands Delivery of Care to Infants at Arlington Memorial Hospital|
ARLINGTON, Texas — For the first time at Arlington Memorial Hospital, a neonatal nurse
is performing advanced procedures on newborns.
Deborah Mitchell, R.N., M.S.N., an advanced practice nursing professional with 22
years’ experience caring for critically ill infants, recently joined the
hospital’s staff to fulfill a unique function in the neonatal intensive care unit
As a neonatal nurse practitioner, Mitchell evaluates patients, writes orders, attends
high-risk deliveries, and performs advanced nursery procedures. She works collaboratively
with two neonatologists in the 30-bed level III NICU to care for her own caseload of
Nurse practitioners like Mitchell provide a blend of nursing, medical care and education to
patients. They have broadened nursing’s role at the bedside, filling an important need
in health care.
“Neonatal nurse practitioners take on an important leadership role in the NICU,”
Mitchell said. “We round independently then collaborate with doctors on diagnoses and
plans of care for our patients, taking some of the burden off of the doctors.”
Mitchell began her nursing career in 1985, caring for adult cardiac and pulmonary patients
in the transitional care telemetry unit at Humana Hospital in Abilene, Texas. A year later,
she moved to the Humana Women’s and Children’s Hospital in San Antonio where she
began caring for critically ill and transitional care infants. In 1987, she joined Cook
Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth as a staff NICU nurse.
Mitchell received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas at
Arlington in 1985. In May, she earned a graduate neonatal nurse practitioner degree from the
University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has been certified as a neonatal nurse practitioner
by the National Certification Corporation.
About Arlington Memorial Hospital
Arlington Memorial Hospital is a 417-bed
acute-care, full-service medical center serving Arlington and the surrounding communities
since 1958. Services include comprehensive cardiac care, an electrophysiology lab,
women’s services, orthopedics, GI, an advanced imaging center, extensive
rehabilitation services, emergency services, health maintenance and disease prevention
classes, support groups and community service programs.
About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery
systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served.
THR’s system of 13 hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial
Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a medical research organization. THR is a
corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more
information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.