The North Texas Hospitals that Most Value Nursing

In North Texas, 23 hospitals have received the Magnet Recognition, which awards health care organizations that value nursing talent. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program has honored 502 facilities with high standards for nursing excellence out of the 6,300 that were eligible. Higher nursing standards result in greater patient satisfaction, lower mortality risk, higher job satisfaction among nurses, and higher nurse retention. The Magnet Recognition Program can help organizations guide nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes and analyzes nursing leadership, coordination and collaboration across specialties, processes for improving the delivery of care. Organizations must reapply every four years. Just this… Full Story

AMN Study: Retirements and Workplace Violence Challenging Nurses

Increased demand, labor shortages, and changes in the industry are putting pressure on registered nurses nationwide, according to an AMN Healthcare study. The Irving-based healthcare staffing firm surveyed 20,000 nurses across the country, and found that many are working second jobs, don’t have enough time with patients, and have experienced workplace violence; but the greatest challenge was flexibility and work-life balance. Baby Boomer nurses and patients are creating a double challenge, as the nurses retire just as their generation needs more medical care than ever. People who are 65 and over spend three times as many days in the hospital… Full Story

Texas Health’s Senior Meal Programs are Reducing Emergency Care Usage

A Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas pilot program is delivering food to seniors via Meals on Wheels and using the interaction to determine if future medical care is needed. The program, called Meals that Heal, is reducing visits to the emergency room by senior patients who have been recently discharged. The meals are delivered through the Visiting Nurse Association and Meals on Wheels. Deliverers ask patients a series of questions when they visit the patient’s home. They typically ask open-ended questions regarding a patient’s medication schedule and feelings of health since their discharge. Are they feeling better? Taking their medication,… Full Story

Medical City Healthcare Names New VP of Emergency and Trauma Services

Rhonda Ross will be the Vice President of Emergency and Trauma Services for Medical City Healthcare beginning October 29, where she will oversee the Medical City network of hospitals and emergency rooms. Ross is currently the Assistant Chief Nursing Officer at Medical City Denton, and has been with Medical City for seven years. Medical City Denton experienced an upgraded trauma designation and the emergency department underwent a $6 million expansion during her time at the hospital. Ross is also a clinical coordinator and instructor at The University of Texas Arlington. “With twenty years of experience as a registered nurse working as… Full Story

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