Second Person Pleads Guilty In Massive Frisco Fraud Scheme In Which CEO Allegedly Accelerated Patient Deaths

Two people have now pled guilty in a fraud scheme involving a major North Texas hospice provider. Jessica Love became the second when she entered a plea this week in U.S. District Court in Dallas. The February 2017 indictment alleges Love and 15 others engaged in a $60 million scheme under Novus Health Services and Optim Health Services, which were effectively run as one entity known as Novus. Love, a 38-year-old registered nurse manager and regional director at Novus, participated via recruiting doctors to a kickback scheme, arranging kickback payments to assisted living facilities, falsifying documents, and collecting unused medications… Full Story

Pay For Registered Nurses In DFW Tops The State’s Average

Becker’s Hospital Review today does the good work of grouping together the most recently released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in a post that runs through average registered nurse wages by state. The numbers apply to May 2017, and the average yearly salary for an RN in Texas is $72,070. I count 18 states that are higher, starting at the top with California ($102,700) and Hawaii ($96,990). That post—here. My quick addition is to drill down a twist further into BLS’ metro-area data. The respective metros of Fort Worth-Arlington and Dallas-Plano-Irving come in as the third- and fourth-highest… Full Story

Take a Look at the 2018 DFW Great 100 Nurses

Tonight, nurses on the DFW Great 100 Nurses list will be honored during an event at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. This year’s iteration features 34 nurses from Texas Health Resources, 23 from Medical City Healthcare, and 15 from Parkland Health & Human Services. Great 100 nominations come from peers in and around Dallas-Fort Worth. The honorees are selected by a committee, through a process during which the names are made anonymous. Below, the 100 honorees (also available here): Baylor Scott & White Health System Baylor Scott & White Medical Center at Grapevine Rosanne Vonreyn Cynthia Krusinski Baylor Scott… Full Story

East Texas Nurse Arrested for Murder, More Charges Could be Coming

A nurse in Tyler who had his license revoked last month has been charged with murder, and police say additional charges for aggravated assault could be on the way. William George Davis, 34, was arrested Tuesday night by the Tyler Police Department. Police say Davis, a registered nurse who spent five years with Christus Mother Frances Hospital – Tyler, is responsible for the death of 47-year-old Christopher Greenaway. Davis is being held at the Smith County Jail on a $2 million bond. An additional six charges of aggravated assault could be coming when police hand over the charges to the… Full Story

Nursing Board Says Woman Faked an RN License to Work as a Dialysis Clinic Nurse

A situation last year at a dialysis clinic in East Texas provides good reason for healthcare employers to double down on their background check protocols. The Texas Board of Nursing says a woman there worked for about five months—from May 2017 to Oct. 2017—using registered nurse licensure information that didn’t belong to her. She also presented a fake employment history that said she’d been a nurse since 2011. Stephanie Garcia, 29, who went by Stephanie Holcomb, has since been charged with fraudulent use or possession of identifying information and two counts of nursing regulations – license required to practice nursing,… Full Story

Medical City North Hills Hires a New Chief Nursing Officer

Medical City North Hills has named a new chief nursing officer. The hospital said Tuesday that John Marker has been tapped for the role, effective April 9. Marker joins the North Richland Hills-based hospital after serving as chief nursing officer at Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Lafayette, Louisiana. He takes over for Tracey Smithson, who left for Snellvile, Georgia-based Eastside Medical Center, another HCA Healthcare facility. At his hospital in Louisiana, Marker cut nursing turnover in half while improving patient satisfaction, according to a news release from Medical City North Hills. He’s been CNO there since 2009 and served as… Full Story

BUMC Critical Care Nurse Named to Board of National Nursing Association

A critical care nurse at Baylor University Medical Center has been named to the board of directors at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, an organization that represents more than 70,000 clinical nurse specialists. Susan Smith was named to the board at the association’s annual conference earlier this month. Smith is the chair of Baylor Scott & White’s Critical Care Council, and served as president of the Texas Clinical Nurse Specialists from 2013 to 2014. She’s also a former winner of a D Magazine Excellence in Nursing Award. “We are so pleased to have Susan join our board of… Full Story

Parkland Wins Half of D Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Awards

Parkland Health & Hospital System had a record number of nurses that were honored with Excellence in Nursing Awards this year from D Magazine. The system had 45 nurses on the list, which included 91 winners overall. The awards, which came out in February, are based on submissions by physicians, nurses, and patients in the area. “We are extremely proud to have 45 of our nurses recognized for their extraordinary compassion and dedication to our patients,” said Karen Watts, executive vice president and chief nursing officer at Parkland, in a statement that went out this week. “Their hard work exemplifies… Full Story

Report: The Nursing Shortage Is Hitting Texas Hard

A new report says Texas is among the states most severely hit by the nursing shortage. Moody’s Investors Service says the issue is most prevalent in Florida, Georgia, Texas, and California, where growing and aging populations are combining with low numbers of new nurses entering the workforce. The report’s overarching finding is that not-for-profit hospitals are seeing “extreme” nursing shortages that could impact expenses and contribute to personnel issues for at least three to four more years. It’s a supply and demand issue, and it’s led hospitals to up pay, add sign-on bonuses, and attach fringe benefits, hence the crunch on… Full Story

Parkland Program for Correctional Health Nurses is First of its Kind

Parkland is creating highly-skilled nurses fit specifically for the world of correctional health with a 12-week course the hospital says is the only one like it in the country. The Correctional Health Nursing Residency program, offered through Parkland’s Clinical Education department, combines classroom instruction and clinical experience with a mentor. It’s offered twice a year and trains nurses on the full spectrum of correctional health, from juvenile services to psychiatric services. Parkland took over healthcare for inmates at the Dallas County Jail in 2006. Dallas County Sheriffs Deputies are always on hand when patients are being treated, and very few… Full Story