Texas Health Plano Emergency Department Team Leader a 'Great 100 Nurse'|
PLANO, Texas — Jody Bauer, B.S.N., RN, has had a lot of time to perfect her craft in nursing.
“As a child, I was known for dressing up as Florence Nightingale on several occasions, as I learned about her from my great-grandmother who was a nurse,” said Bauer, an emergency department team leader at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. “In order to be like grandma, I came up with a game called ‘accident, accident’ with my younger brother, which was to teach him about safety with his big wheel. Nursing chose me!”
Bauer was recently named a 2013 Great 100 Nurse by The DFW Great 100 Nurses Inc. The annual award recognizes the best of the nursing profession in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. To-date, 28 Texas Health Plano nurses, including Bauer, have been named Great 100 Nurses.
“I am humbled and honored to be nominated as one of the DFW Great 100 Nurses,” she said. “Being nominated by my peer for such a prestigious honor is even more meaningful. Nursing is a career that has fulfilled my desire to help others. Nursing is what I love, and I am privileged to get to do it every day.”
The Great 100 Nurses award is unique in that honorees do not have to belong to a particular professional organization or practice in a particular clinical specialty to be recognized. Nurses are nominated by peers. Ultimately, Great 100 Nurses are selected by a 30-nurse committee that reviews the blinded nominations.
“Her astute abilities to look at the ‘big picture’ and demonstrate situational awareness allow her to better meet the needs of her department and staff,” Bauer’s nominator wrote. “As a compassionate caregiver, she shines best as being a patient advocate. Going the extra mile is not unusual for this nurse and she is always there to listen.”
Aside from taking care of patients, Bauer is currently pursing graduate degrees in nursing and business administration.
“The Great 100 Nurses are the best of the best, and we’re honored to have one of these superstars at Texas Health Plano,” said Mike Evans, B.S.N., M.S.N., 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.”
The DFW Great 100 Nurses Inc. annually sponsors the “DFW Great 100 Nurses” to honor 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.
“Every day our patients benefit from the compassion, skills and plain hard work of Texas Health nurses,” said Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, CEO of Texas Health. “It’s touching to see their dedication and caring spirit recognized with such a prestigious award from their peers.”
Bauer will be honored at a special gala, along with 22 other Texas Health nurses, on May 8 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.
Bauer serves as the membership chair for the Texas Emergency Nurses Association. Outside of work, Bauer enjoys spending time with her friends and family and recently adopted Yorkie pup, Winston.
“I am proud that Jody’s work was recognized among the best in our region,” said Ray Kelly, R.N., M.S.N., chief nursing officer for Texas Health Plano. “As a Magnet-recognized facility our nurses are the best of the best and Jody epitomizes that standard.”
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