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Texas Health Cleburne Nurse Scientist Selected for American Academy of Nursing Fellowship
07/05/2013

CLEBURNE, Texas — Kathy Baldwin, Ph.D., R.N., ACNS-BC, ANP-BC, GNP-BC, CEN, a nurse scientist at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth, recently earned elite status in the field of nursing.

Kathy Baldwin
Kathy Baldwin

Baldwin was selected to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. With fewer than 2,100 members, Fellowship in the AAN is considered one of the top honors in the nursing field.

“Kathy’s passion and devotion to improving patient care is admirable,” said Lorrie Normand, R.N., chief nursing officer at Texas Health Cleburne. “She’s a talented researcher, and her unselfishness is evident when she shares knowledge gained with nurses at the bedside.”

According to the AAN, each member is tasked with transforming the health care system by:

  • Enhancing the quality of health and nursing care;
  • Promoting healthy aging and human development across the life continuum;
  • Reducing health disparities and inequalities;
  • Shaping healthy behaviors and environments;
  • Integrating mental and physical health care; and
  • Strengthening the nursing and health care delivery system, nationally and internationally.

Baldwin, who described the application process as far from easy, said it was a humbling experience. “When the acceptance letter came, I just couldn’t open it – I was that anxious.”

According to the academy, candidates must make “outstanding contributions to nursing and/or health care and have the potential to make a continuing and positive impact on the academy” as a Fellow.

Last year, Baldwin worked with one of the 26 organizations the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services funded to pioneer accountable care organizations (ACO). This particular ACO involved Texas Health Resources and the North Texas Specialty Physicians group in Fort Worth and was charged with providing health care services to a specific group of Medicare patients. Baldwin developed an advanced practice case management role within the ACO. During the project, she identified patients needing an advanced practice nurse; provided case management services to those complex patients; and reviewed reasons for less than 30-day readmissions.

As a nurse scientist, an official role established this year by Texas Health, Baldwin promotes research and evidence-based practices at both Texas Health Cleburne and Texas Health Southwest. She is currently one of eight nurse scientists within the entire Texas Health system.

“I do a lot of reading and writing, and if I’m curious about a particular subject, being a nurse scientist gives me the opportunity to research it,” Baldwin said. “I’m a firm believer that you can never have too much education.”

Baldwin also serves as the chair of the Clinical Nurse Specialist Foundation, as well as being a member of several national organizations, including the American Nurses Association, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and Sigma Theta Tau International.

Baldwin has been in the nursing field for more than 40 years. At age 65, she’s nowhere near retirement. “I’m enjoying every minute of it, because I’m learning as much as I can and sharing it with others in the process.”

In October, Baldwin and others will be inducted as Fellows during the American Academy of Nursing’s 40th annual conference in Washington, D.C.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is a 137-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served Cleburne and the Johnson County area since 1986. The hospital’s services include surgery, women’s services, urology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat care. Texas Health Cleburne, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized with the 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Cleburne.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 25 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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