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Elaine Nelson Named Chief Nursing Officer at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth|
FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth has named Elaine Nelson, R.N., M.S.N., CCRN, NEA-BC, as chief nursing officer (CNO) and vice president of patient care services. Prior to assuming chief nursing officer responsibilities on an interim basis in March, she had served as the hospital’s director of restorative services since 2004.
As chief nursing officer, Nelson oversees the strategic, operational, clinical and financial performance of the hospital’s nursing services. She brings more than 20 years of nursing leadership to the CNO position.
“Elaine is a proven leader with a rich background of clinical experience, both at the bedside and as a nurse executive,” said Joan S. Clark, D.N.P., R.N., senior vice president and chief nursing executive of Texas Health Resources. “Nurses are the compassionate face of caregiving at Texas Health, and Elaine will serve as a great role model and leader for the nurses at Texas Health Fort Worth.”
Prior to joining Texas Health Fort Worth, Nelson worked at Baylor Health Care System in a variety of positions. She began as a staff nurse in the medical surgical intensive care unit at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, became nurse manager of the intensive care unit and later nurse manager of a vascular surgery and cardiac telemetry unit. She also served as the director of nursing and vice president at Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie.
A native of Canada, Nelson started her nursing career in Edmonton, Alberta, in medical-surgical and cardiovascular services. Throughout her career she has developed a passion for critical care and assisting patients and their families with extremely stressful situations.
Nelson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Manitoba in Canada and a Master of Science in Nursing from Baylor University. She holds certifications as a critical care registered nurse and board-certified advanced nurse executive.
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