Texas Health Chief Nurse Executive Receives National Designation
05/06/2009

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Resources, the largest health care system in North Texas, today announced that Joan Shinkus Clark, M.S.N., R.N., N.E.A.-B.C., C.E.N.P., senior vice president and chief nurse executive, earned the designation of Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP). The CENP designation is a national credential that distinguishes an individual as being among the elite of nurse leaders in executive practice.

“We are very proud of Joan’s accomplishments,” said Barclay Berdan, senior executive vice president of system alignment and performance for Texas Health. “She leads by example and works hard to demonstrate the importance of professional development to her colleagues.”

To earn the CENP designation, Clark had to satisfy eligibility requirements that incorporated a blend of work experience and education, agreed to adhere to Professional Standards of conduct, and pass the CENP Examination. The CENP Examination tests knowledge required of a competent nurse executive in communication and relationship building, leadership, knowledge of the health care environment, professionalism and business skills.

The CENP program supports the community of nurse executives and is designed to provide an objective and rigorous assessment of professional knowledge.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.