Elaine Nelson Named Chief Nursing Officer at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
10/04/2011

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.

Elaine Nelson, R.N., M.S.N.
Elaine Nelson
“We are confident Elaine’s skills and talents will help us achieve success as we carry out our mission — to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve,” said Oscar Amparan, FACHE, president of Texas Health Fort Worth. “Elaine has long been an engaged member of the Texas Health Fort Worth family and has built strong relationships with our staff and physicians.”

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.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is 724-bed, Magnet-designated regional referral center that has served the residents of Tarrant County since 1930. The hospital’s services include cardiovascular services, high-risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics and sports medicine, neonatal intensive care, and trauma/emergency medicine. Texas Health Fort Worth is also home to the 100-bed Texas Health Harris Methodist Heart Center. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Fort Worth has more than 4,000 employees, 200 volunteers and nearly 1,000 physicians practicing on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org/FortWorth.

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 24 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, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, 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 www.texashealth.org.