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Four Nurses at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne Named to 2012 'Great 100' List|
CLEBURNE, Texas — The annual list of the Metroplex’s best nurses is out, and four from Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne have been honored among the region’s "Great 100 Nurses."
The DFW Great 100 Nurses Inc. and its partnering organizations annually sponsor the “Great 100 Nurses,” which honors registered nurses in the area who exemplify excellence in the art and science of nursing. Nurses are nominated by their peers, and may only be named to the list once in their career.
“The Great 100 Nurses are the best of the best, and we’re honored to have four of these superstars at Texas Health Cleburne,” said Blake Kretz, FACHE, hospital president. “Our nurses set a high standard for each other, an example of excellence that is made up of hard work and dedication for every patient, every day. I am proud that their work was recognized among the best in our region.”
For more than 20 years, Barton has been in the nursing field, and she looks at her health care career not as a job, but as a spiritual calling. After the tragic loss of her 12-year-old son due to medical error, Barton made the decision to become a nurse.
“I have the desire to do all I can to assure each patient receives the most excellent care possible each time they visit Texas Health Cleburne,” Barton said.
Dealing with the loss of her father, Hammond’s personal and painful experience helped her to define her role as a compassionate caregiver.
“Nurses don’t practice for the recognition,” said Hammond, who has been a caregiver for 25 years. “As nurses, we serve others; and we are a bit surprised when we are acknowledged for those things that are part of who we are and what we represent.”
After receiving inspirational words from his mother, Jobe has been a nurse for the past 13 years.
“My mother always told me to select a job that I love to do, and I would never work a day in my life,” Jobe said. While acknowledging that health care is a demanding field, Jobe added, “We should enjoy our work and strive to do our absolute best. I put my heart and soul into all aspects of my nursing career.”
McDonald agrees with Jobe’s outlook on the field of nursing and understands the significance of putting patients first.
“They put their trust and often their lives in our hands every day,” McDonald said.
For the past 26 years, she has been addressing the health care needs of patients. “I am just blessed to have had great mentors and leaders who have helped me grow into my nursing ‘shoes,’” McDonald said.
In all, Texas Health nurses won 31 of the 100 spots on the coveted list. See the full list of recognized nurses from Texas Health hospitals at TexasHealth.org/Great100.
“Texas Health nurses are the compassionate face of health care to our patients,” said Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, CEO of Texas Health. “I’m thrilled to see so many of our star caregivers recognized for setting the standard of excellence in their vital profession.”
The “Great 100 Nurses” will be honored at the 22nd annual gala April 11 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.
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