Texas Health Mansfield’s New Chief Nursing Officer

Kristen Sutton, will be the new vice president and chief nursing officer at Texas Health Hospital Mansfield. She is currently the director of critical care and house supervision for AdventHealth Wesley Chapel in Florida. She will be responsible for leading nursing operations and patient care for the hospital, which is set to open in 2021. “Kristen has a love for people and helping others grow to achieve their potential which makes her a great fit for our people-centered culture,” said Texas Health Mansfield CEO Kenneth Rose via release. “This, in combination with her outstanding leadership and clinical skills, will be a… Full Story

Medical City North Hills Earns Pathway to Excellence Distinction

Medical City North Hills has been designated as a Pathway to Excellence organization by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for the fifth time.The distinction highlights organizations that allow nurses to flourish in the healthcare environment. A confidential, research-based facility review process evaluating the work environment designates the honorees, who must show excellence in shared decision-making, leadership, safety, quality, wellbeing and professional development. “I’m very proud of the work and dedication invested to achieve this great honor for the fifth time at Medical City North Hills,” said John Marker, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at Medical City North Hills via release. “Medical City Healthcare’s investment… Full Story

Nurses Plan One-Day Strike at Tenet Facilities in Three States

Registered nurses are organizing a one day strike on Friday, September 20 at Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare hospitals in Arizona, California, and Florida to draw attention to improve staffing and working conditions. Nurses at Tenet facilities in El Paso will not be striking, but will be handing out pamphlets and doing other public outreach. The Arizona strike will be the first ever for nurses in the state, and the Florida strike will be the first hospital-based nurse strike in the state. Nursing shortages are happening all over the country, and Texas is one of the states most at risk. The shortages give the nurses… Full Story

Massachusetts Nurses Settle Unfair Labor Charges Against Steward Hospital

Over 100 registered nurses at a Massachusetts hospital have settled their dispute with Dallas-based Steward Health Care and received wage increases, access to a defined pension and other improvements, the Lowell Sun reports. The nurses had previously filed unfair labor practice charges with the U.S. National Labor Relations Board after the for profit healthcare company issued a threat to close the hospital unless nurses stopped negotiating. Several Massachusetts politicians had spoken in favor of the nurses, the Sun reports. “It’s a great victory for the nurses who stood up for themselves and others in the community,”David Schildmeier, public communications director for… Full Story

Nominate Nurses for D Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Awards

Each year, D Magazine recognizes those who are down in the trenches of the healthcare industry, providing care, a laugh, and a listening ear to patients day in and day out. These unsung heroes are called to serve some of our most vulnerable Dallasites, and are often the face of the organization for whom they work for the patients. Here is your chance to recognize the North Texas nurses whose aptitude and attitude make our community a better place. Find out which nurses were recognized last year here, and read a D Magazine feature about a special nurse who joined the… Full Story

UTA Receives $4.7 Million Gift For Gerontology Programs

As America ages and life expectancy increases, the need for highly skilled nursing is becoming equally important. The Deerbrook Charitable Trust has given UT Arlington a $4.7 million gift for its adult gerontology programs to improve the pipeline of nursing professionals in the field.  The gift will fund specialized instruction, scholarships, and create an endowed faculty position for the gerontology-focused graduate nursing programs. “In nursing education, we focus on meeting the changing needs of society by preparing nursing professionals with relevant knowledge and expertise, including in areas such as gerontology,” said Elizabeth Merwin, dean of the College of Nursing and… Full Story

UT Southwestern Under Federal Scrutiny After Nurse Deaths

After two nurses died from fentanyl overdoses at UT Southwestern, The Dallas Morning News reports that the Drug Enforcement Agency is investigating the hospital, though the DEA and the U.S. attorney’s office did not confirm or deny the inquiry. DMN confirmed the probe by requesting documents from UT Southwestern following the death of the nurses in 2016 and 2018. The federal agencies were notified of the request because the documents included correspondence between the health system, a federal prosecutor, and the DEA. The nurses deaths prompted an inspection by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which found that UT Southwestern had not… Full Story

Look: Buckner’s $140 Million Senior High-Rise Partners with Baylor

Nonprofits Buckner and Baylor Scott and White are partnering at Ventana, Dallas’ first luxury senior living towers. The $140 million residential community opened last week, and includes other partnerships with Cooper Wellness Strategies and Chef Stephen Pyles as well. The two twelve-story towers include 189 independent living apartments, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing. There are one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments that range from 950 to 2,000 square feet. There is also a rehab facility with in house therapy team, three Stephen Pyles – inspired restaurants, an indoor heated pool, spa and salon, movie theater, and outdoor lounges. The… Full Story

Children’s Health Names New Chief Nursing Officer

Children’s Health has named Tammy Webb as its new executive vice president and chief nursing officer, where she will lead the system’s nursing practice. She will guide nursing strategy, culture, and operational excellence for patient care at the nation’s eighth largest pediatric health provider. “Tammy embodies the clinical nursing, strategic planning and hospital administration expertise necessary to successfully fulfill this multifaceted position, bringing nearly three decades of experience ranging from bedside nursing to nursing leadership,” said David Berry, system clinical and scientific operations president at Children’s Health via release. “With a demonstrated history of strategic leadership and collaboration, we are… Full Story

Texas Supreme Court Will Hear Ebola Suit Against Texas Health Dallas

The Texas Supreme Court has agreed to hear the lawsuit filed by an Ohio bridal shop against Texas Health Dallas. When a nurse visited the bridal shop after contracting Ebola from a patient at the hospital, the lawsuit claims the nurse’s visit resulted in the closing of the shop. Amber Vinson was part of the team of nurses that attended to Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in October 2014, and released the nurses days after Duncan’s death, according to a Texas court document. Following Duncan’s treatment and death, Vinson, who was newly engaged at the time, traveled to… Full Story