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       ou know that one of life’s biggest
       rewards is caring for the smallest
       patients. And at Cook Children’s, we
know how to take care of our employees, too.   (MSN required)

We are a Magnet® recognized facility that
promotes a shared governance model with
professional autonomy, independent
thinking and strong collaboration with our
dedicated physicians.

Voted as the top healthcare system and         - Fort Worth (Full-time)
not-for-profit in the Dallas Morning News      - Fort Worth (Part-time/Evening clinic
                                                 with shift differentials/Bilingual)
“Top 100 Places To Work” poll, we support
                                               - Locums Tenens
our team’s professional growth through:          (Mileage reimbursement)

At Cook Children’s, we’ve got you
                                                     Home Health
                                                      Exciting new rates
                                                       for experienced
                                                     Home Health LVNs!

                                                             To apply online, go to
                                                             and click on “Careers.”

     EOE/AA, M/F/D/V. No agencies, please.
June                                                                    2010


      4      Snapshots of Excellence, Our monthly celebration of DFW
             nurses who have been honored by their peers!

12           Managing Unit Relocation: Not the usual ‘shipping and
             handling’, The nurses at Medical City Children’s Hospital move
             into a new tower this month; a feat that has been six years in the
             planning! Read how they planned it and what advice they offer
             other nurses who are planning unit relocations.

14           Advance Your Career with an Advanced Degree, by Anthony
             Armstrong, Have you ever thought about getting a BSN or higher?
             If so, you need to read our special report on the current landscape
             for advanced degrees. There’s no better time than the present to
             start evaluating if an advanced degree is right for you!

16           Exclusive Directory: Texas Nursing Schools, Nurses Lounge is
             pleased to publish our exclusive and comprehensive list of Texas
             nursing school programs.


Pictured on the cover: Patsy Snider, BSN, RN, CCRN, Congenital Heart
Surgery Unit Manager, Medical City Children’s Hospital                             14
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                                                                                                                               June 2010   1
    Who you
      will meet
    in the lounge...
                                                               Dear readers,

    Publisher and CEO
                                                               I love the June issue of our magazine as this is the issue where we get to print a large number of
    Timothy G. Armes
                                                               awards and accolades that were received by many DFW nurses. May and June are the season, it
    Publisher, Dallas - Fort Worth
                                                               seems, for awards and ceremonies. We love to celebrate our nurses, so this issue is full of faces
    William P. (Bill) Turner
                                                               that you may recognize from around your facilities.
    Anthony Armstrong
                                                               We also are pleased to feature nurses from Medical City Children’s Hospital’s Congenital
                                                               Heart Surgery Unit, who have spent the last six years planning a big move into their new tower.
    Anthony Armstrong
                                                               Patsy Snider, BSN, RN, CCRN, unit manager, walks us through the preparation process and
    Advertising Sales                                          some of the challenges they faced in relocating two units to a new building. She and other key
    Public Relations
    James Bone: 817-903-8844                                   nurses also offer some good advice for any nurses who may be planning a unit relocation!

    The Nurses Lounge                                          Finally, Nurses Lounge is greatly pleased to present our exclusive and comprehensive list of
    758 E. Bethel School Road                                  Texas nursing school programs. We have gathered nursing school programs from every school
    Coppell, TX 75019
                                                               in Texas to provide you with a complete and easy reference for you to use when searching for                                       the right program for your advanced degree.
                                                               If you aren’t sure if you want to pursue another degree, be sure to read our special report on
    Editorial Advisory Board
                                                               advanced nursing degrees before you make any decisions!
    Kathy Walton, RN, MBA, CPN, Manager/
    Newborn Nursery, Medical City Women’s;
    Victoria England, RN, BS, MBA, Magnet                      As always, let me know if there are any articles or stories that you would like to see in the
    Program Director, Children’s Medical Center;
                                                               lounge, and be sure to check out for the latest in DFW nursing news and
    Iris McKairin, RN, The Visiting Nurse
    Association of Texas;
                                                               professional networking.
    Jose Alejandro, MSN, MBA,
    Secherre Carothers, RN BSN CCRN, Trauma                    See you in the lounge!
    Service Manager, Parkland Health & Hospital
                                                               Anthony Armstrong
    Margie Dorman-O’Donnell, Director, Case
    Management, Cook Children’s;                               Editor-in-Chief
    Dian Adams, RN, MBA, Chief Nursing Officer,                Nurses Lounge-DFW
    Medical Center of Arlington
    Sandi McDermott, RN, MSN, NEA-BC,
    Manager Neurosciences, Medical City
    Dallas Hospital;

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        Registered Nurses • LVNs
              Nurse Manager
             Shift Supervisors
 Director of Business Development (RN)                                At Medical Center of Lewisville, we understand
       Clinical Liaison (RN or LVN)                                   that great patient care depends on working
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We are now hiring for our brand new Dallas location and
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                                                                   Medical Center of Lewisville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Snapshots of Excellence
    EDMONSON NAMED CNO OF TEXAS HEALTH DALLAS                                  with respect and curiosity cre-
                                                                               ates connections that facilitate
      Cole Edmonson, MS, RN,                                                   learning- am approach that works
    FACHE, NEA-BC, has been named                                              equally well for nurses in Uganda
    vice president of Patient Care                                             and students in Arlington. Working
    Services and chief nursing officer                                           with patients and nurses in Africa
    at Texas Health Presbyterian                                               energizes me and makes me more
    Hospital Dallas. Cole joins Texas                                          sensitive to culture in all settings.”
    Health Dallas from Medical City                                              In collaboration with Allusine
    Dallas, where he served as the                                             Jalloh, director of UT Arlington’s
    CNO and vice president of nursing.                                         Africa Program, Gray is leading the
      “Cole’s leadership skills, vast ex-                                      North Texas Africa Health Initia-
    perience and passion for nursing                                           tive. She travels to Uganda each               Jennifer Gray, PhD, RN,
    will help us achieve our mission to                                        summer to develop the research
    improve the health of the people                                           capacity of nurses and provide in-
    in the communities we serve,” says. Britt Berrett, PhD, president of       service education for nurses in rural areas.
    Texas Health Dallas.
      Edmonson’s work at Medical City included direct management of            ENDOSCOPY NURSE HONORED BY
    seven service lines, including heart, cancer, surgery, orthopedics and     GASTROENTEROLOGY NURSING SOCIETY
    neurosciences, and clinical responsibility for women and children’s ser-
    vices. As the Magnet Program Coordinator, he successfully led Medical
    City to become the 1st hospital in North Texas recognized as a Magnet
    facility. Under his leadership, the hospital was also the first in North
    Texas to be re-designated a Magnet facility.
      “I’m delighted to join the Texas Health Dallas team and look forward
    to building on the great successes the nursing staff here has already
    achieved,” Edmonson says. “I’m humbled to work alongside these
    nurses — who are inspiring examples of what it means to practice the
    art and science of nursing in a professional environment.”
      “Cole is an outstanding nurse executive, and we’re proud to have
    him join our team,” says Joan Shinkus Clark, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CENP,
    FACHE, FAAN, senior vice president and Texas Health chief nurse execu-
                                                                                  2009-2010 SGNA President Terrie Vos, MS BSN RN CGRN (left) and Warner
    tive. “He will no doubt provide great leadership to the nurses of Texas
                                                                               Chilcott representative Scott Docherty (right) present the Proud to be GI Award
    Health Dallas, and we also look forward to his leadership within our
                                                                                     to winner Kathryn Vance, RN (center) at the Gala Awards Banquet.
    Chief Nurse Executive team with Texas Health Resources.”

    JENNIFER GRAY NAMED PIPER PROFESSOR                                          Kathryn Vance, RN, endoscopy resource nurse at Texas Health Har-
                                                                               ris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth, was selected among
      Jennifer Gray, PhD, RN, associate professor and associate dean at        gastroenterology (GI) and endoscopy nurses and associates nationwide
    The University of Texas at Arlington, has been awarded the Piper           to receive a special award from the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses
    Professor Award. The award annually recognizes 15 outstanding college      and Associates, Inc. The 2010 “National Proud to be GI Award” recog-
    professors across Texas.                                                   nizes an individual who exemplifies the qualities noteworthy in the role
      College of Nursing Dean Elizabeth Poster, PhD, RN, FAAN, says, “As       of the GI nurse or associate based on excellent leadership, communica-
    an associate dean and chair, she has provided leadership to the College    tion, teamwork, task management, and mentoring.
    of Nursing that contributes to our reputation of excellence.”                “As a department supervisor, Kat works with a wide range of
      Gray says, “I do not go to other countries as an expert- rather I go     disciplines and skill levels, but makes every member of the team feel
    as a partner and a fellow learner. Approaching people in their culture     valued,” says Katherine Rhodes, RN, BSN, COHN-S, CIC, infection pre-

4     NURSES LOUNGE / Dallas-Fort Worth                                                                              

vention coordinator, who nominated Vance for the award. “Procedures
are handled with military precision, yet her warmth and sense of humor
                                                                             Treat yourself
embody compassion.”
  Vance, a 25-year nurse with four years of endoscopy experience,            to brilliant
helped provide guidance and expertise for the $1.7 million expansion
and renovation of the hospital’s endoscopy suite in 2008. Under her
nursing leadership, the hospital has introduced two new advanced
endoscopic and GI procedures: endobronchial ultrasound, a minimally
invasive technique for diagnosing lung cancer; and cryoablation, a
method of removing abnormalities in the airway with a reduced risk of
complication. Both procedures, which can eliminate a patient’s need for
surgery, are unique to Texas Health Southwest.
  “I never expected accolades in return for taking good care of our
patients,” Vance says of her national award. “To have my work acknowl-
edged this way is heartwarming. Our goal is to provide the safest, most
comfortable environment we can provide for our patients. Teamwork
and compassion go hand in hand to reach that goal.”


                                                                             Be more than a champion - become an expert
                                                                             with one of the nation’s top ten pediatric care
                                                                             teams, Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Pioneer
                                                                             the next generation of clinical advancements and
                                                                             become a part of a truly collaborative practice.
 Parkland Health System’s Neonatal Nurse Resuscitation and Transport Team,   Bring your talents to our award-winning system of
  from left to right. Front row: Parkland’s Kezia Moonoo, Miranda Crowder,   healing, inspiration and growth, Children’s.
   Valerie Simcik, Emma Ramon, Melissa Martin. Second row: Kirsten Hibbs,
            Gretchen McGuire, Rachael Sciba, Linda Castleman.
                   Third row: Trish Guerrero, Allison Onion

  Parkland Health System’s Neonatal Nurse Resuscitation and Trans-
port Team was recently honored with two awards for the life-saving
medical care they offer to Parkland’s tiniest patients. The team was cho-
                                                                                  Apply at: or call 888-848-2990.   EOE
sen as a runner-up in the 2010 Best Nursing Team contest from Advance
for Nurses magazine and was named one of the Dallas Business Journal’s
annual Health Care Heroes.
  Pioneered at Parkland, the Neonatal Nurse Resuscitation and Trans-
port Team is the first-ever nursing team dedicated to caring for critically

                                                                                                                                        June 2010   5

    ill babies during delivery. This one-of-a-kind team is a concept now          recently honored Medical Center of McKinney for being one of the
    adopted by many hospitals across the country.                                 top 20 donor hospitals in the Dallas/Fort Worth and east Texas area.
      “Delivering a critically ill baby is a parent’s worst nightmare but these      Last year, through the efforts of Medical Center of McKinney’s com-
    nurses make sure newborns receive the best possible care. Having a            passionate staff, 10 tissue and eye donations occurred. The Transplant
    dedicated, specialized team of nurses at Parkland is crucial to ensuring      Center works with 178 hospitals across the region on donations.
    low infant mortality and a high quality of life for these little patients,”     “It takes a truly dedicated and compassionate staff to talk with family
    says Jennifer Hill, unit manager of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.         members regarding their loved one’s choice to donate,” says Helen
      In 2009, the team responded to 3,511 resuscitation calls. The precise       Marshall, RN, UT Southwestern Transplant Outreach Coordinator.
    and timely interventions provided by these nurses have led to lower
    rates of CPR and lower use of medication during resuscitations, both of       LAS COLINAS NURSES DONATE
    which ultimately leads to healthier lives for each newborn.                   NURSEWEEK MONIES TO COMMUNITY


                                                                                   From left to right, front row, : Stephani Gilmore, Krystal Torres, Anne Conner,
                                                                                    Ameena Hassan, Beatrice NgoBisombi, Kirk Smart, Becky Sandhu, Kimberly
      Methodist Richardson Medical Center celebrates its Pathway to Excellence
                                                                                       Humphries. Back row, left to right: Claire Corley, John Vo, John Green,
    accomplishment during Nurses Week. Front row, from left: Nancy Simon, Tana
                                                                                                      Mike Lopez, Mike Seifu, Kimberley Petty
      Peavy, and Dawn Parten. Back row, from left: Donna Bowker, Karen Amen,
                   Cheryl Koch, Jennifer Cloud, and Carla Berdeaux.

                                                                                    The nurses at Las Colinas Medical Center, through the Nurse Prac-
      Methodist Richardson Medical Center celebrated their recent                 tice Council, a peer-elected group of nurses representing all nursing
    Pathway to Excellence™ designation. The designation is given to health        departments, chose to donate, for the benefit of their community, the
    care organizations that create work environments in which nurses              monies that would have normally been spent on Nurse’s Week gifts for
    can flourish.                                                                  every nurse. Realizing the struggles that many people in the commu-
      “This prestigious accomplishment identifies Methodist Richardson             nity are facing in these tough economic times, these nurses, in the true
    as one of the best places to work for nurses,” says Nancy Simon, senior       spirit of nursing, wanted to care for those who were, at this time in their
    vice president of nursing for Methodist Health System. “Method-               life, less fortunate than themselves.
    ist Richardson fosters a positive and nurturing work environment for            In the words of Florence Nightingale, “. . .one’s feelings waste them-
    nurses so they can provide the best possible care for patients.”              selves in words, they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring
                                                                                  results,” and results are just what these nurses produced by replacing
    UT SOUTHWESTERN TRANSPLANT SERVICES                                           their would-be gifts with a donation of $2,000 to Irving Cares, a non-
    HONORS MEDICAL CENTER OF MCKINNEY                                             profit organization dedicated to assisting Irving residents experiencing
                                                                                  temporary hardship by providing a food pantry, financial assistance,
      The UT Southwestern Medical Center Transplant Services Center,              patient transportation, employment services programs, medical pre-
    one of the nation’s longest continually accredited tissue and eye banks,      scriptions and more.

6     NURSES LOUNGE / Dallas-Fort Worth                                                                                  

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                             You’ll notice the difference at Las Colinas the moment you walk through our doors. Is it
                             the concierge greeting our patients, the delicious, fresh foods created by our executive
                             chef or our spotlessly clean environment? Our commitment to every patient extends
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                                                       Minutes from Dallas in Irving, Texas!                                   An HCA North Texas afÄliated hospital.

                             Nursing. Quality. Care.
                                  For our nurses,     care is the most
                                  important part of health care. Our
                                  employees and volunteers provide
                                  quality, compassionate care and
                                  support services that are the
                                  hallmark of the community’s most
                                  trusted provider of home health
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                                  VNA staff. For a list of open
                                  positions, visit our website.
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                                  For more information, visit us at or call (214) 689-0000

    TEXAS HEALTH WINS THREE NATIONAL PATIENT                                      Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano received a $10,000
    SAFETY AND RISK MANAGEMENT AWARDS                                           award for “Addressing Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Patients at Risk
                                                                                for Post-Surgical Complications.” Patients with sleep apnea have an
      Texas Health Resources captured three of six national “2010 Premier       increased risk of breathing difficulties after surgery. In order to better
    Patient Safety and Risk Management” awards, which were presented            identify patients who may not realize they have the condition, Texas
    yesterday in Washington, D.C.                                               Health Plano developed a program to screen patients in pre-operative
      “These awards bring recognition to three very deserving initiatives,”     areas for obstructive sleep apnea. The hospital also shared the screen-
    says Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, CEO of Texas Health. “Patient safe-       ing practice with other hospitals throughout the Texas Health system.
    ty and risk management are two of our top priorities, and I am proud of     As a result, Texas Health hospitals have consistently increased iden-
    each and every staff member who has contributed to important patient         tification of patients at risk for breathing problems after surgery and
    safety initiatives like these.”                                             decreased the incidence of post-operative respiratory failure.
      Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth was hon-                  The Texas Health Resources system was awarded a $5,000 prize for
    ored with a $10,000 prize for “The Breath of Life: Using Bubble CPAP        the Patient Safety Direct Observations Program. This innovative pro-
    to Decrease Chronic Lung Disease in Premature Infants.” Bubble CPAP         gram uses a patient safety observation methodology adapted from the
    (continuous positive airway pressure) is a type of respiratory support      nuclear power industry, which is known for its reliability principles and
    used to deliver airflow and pressure to an infant’s lungs via short prongs   error-reduction in a highly complex environment. The methodology has
    in the nose. The system has helped improve respiratory outcomes for         been used broadly across THR hospitals to help gain an independent as-
    babies born prematurely whose lungs are underdeveloped. The average         sessment of compliance with a variety of patient safety processes. Since
    length of hospital stays for these infants decreased by six days.           the Patient Safety Direct Observations Program began six years ago,
                                                                                THR has seen a steady reduction in errors and an increase in patient
                                                                                safety within the Texas Health system.

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8      NURSES LOUNGE / Dallas-Fort Worth                                                                              

               Collin County’s First Level III Chest Pain Center
                Achieving excellence is nothing new at The Medical Center of
                Plano. We are the first hospital in Collin County to receive                                                       UT Southwestern.
                accreditation as a Level III Chest Pain Center with PCI. Part-
                ner with a team that is setting the standard in patient care.

                Registered Nurses
                Excellent full-time and PRN opportunities are available in
                several areas.
                For a list of current openings and to apply, please visit:
                You may also call 972-519-1432 for more information.

                                                                                                                  Sign-on Bonus & Relocation Assistance
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                    Pictured above, from left to right: David Chappell, Esq,; Karamat Choudhry, M.D.; Norma Roby; Shujaat Khan, M.D.; Terryl
                                            Kendricks, CNO; Kathy Cantu,RN; Nasim Akhtar, M.D.; Clay Franklin, CEO

              Plaza Medical Center Earns Magnet Recognition
                Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth has achieved Magnet                “Being named a Magnet hospital is an impressive designa-
              designation for excellence in nursing services by the Ameri-         tion that places Plaza in an elite group, as only 3% of hospi-
              can Nurses Credential Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition             tals in Texas are recognized by ANCC,” says Clayton Franklin,
              Program.                                                             Plaza Medical Center chief executive officer and president.
                “The significance of Magnet Recognition is that it dem-             “Earning Magnet status doesn’t change who we are; this is an
              onstrates the commitment that the nursing staff and health            honor that reaffirms the hard work and dedication of our en-
              care team at Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth make for an          tire hospital and reinforces the core values by which we all do
              extraordinary patient care experience,” says Plaza Medical           our jobs every day – teamwork, pride, respect and integrity.”
              Center CNO Terryl Kendricks, RN, BSN. Receiving this desig-             NL
              nation is one of the proudest events in my life and the life of
              Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth’s team.”

10   NURSES LOUNGE / Dallas-Fort Worth                                                                                  

June 2010    11
                                                                                          What one piece of advice would you
                                                                                          give to other nursing units preparing
                                                                                          to relocate?
                                                                                          “Staying organized; good communication with the members of
                                                                                          the team; prepping as many items as possible ahead of time. Also,
                                                                                          stay focused! And never forget to be kind to each other - it takes
                                                                                          every single person to make it a success.”
                                                                                                                                                 Janie Garza, RN
                                                                                                                      Congenital Heart Surgical Unit Supervisor

                                                                                          “Plan ahead. We have a wonderful leader that has planned for this
                                                                                          move for years now. Her organization has kept us all on track and
                                                                                          I feel like it will go smoothly because of her strong leadership.”
                                                                                                                                         Melody Roeder, BSN, RN
                                                                                                                      Congenital Heart Surgical Unit Supervisor

                                                                                        Tackling this monumental task for MCCH is Patsy Snider, BSN, RN,
                                                                                      CCRN, Congenital Heart Surgery Unit Manager, who has been helping
     Managing Unit Relocations:                                                       plan the CHSU move since 2006. “It has been a long time coming for
     Not the usual ‘shipping and handling’                                            our team! The planning was a huge interdisciplinary effort which made
                                                                                      planning a bit complicated but definitely worth it in the long run.
                                                                                        “We have collaborated with our Pediatric Educator Michelle Creech

     H     ow many nurses does it take to move two units into a new build-
           ing? The nurses at Medical City Children’s Hospital have spent
     the last six years discovering the answer to that question. The hospi-
                                                                                      to plan a vendor fair the week before we open. Staff will be allowed to
                                                                                      check off and gain confidence in new equipment and familiarize them-
                                                                                      selves with our new home by doing scavenger hunts.
     tal will open a new four-story tower this June, adding an additional               “We have been lucky in that we have been able to obtain some of
     109,000 square feet to the children’s facilities. The new building will          our vital bedside tools that our nurses and physicians depend on at
     house a Congenital Heart Surgery Unit (CHSU), a Neonatal Intensive               the bedside in advance. One item in particular is a bedside cart that
     Care Unit, and 21 Day Surgery/Outpatient rooms, with a PICU and                  has needed supplies to make the job of an ICU nurse much easier. The
     hematology/oncology unit coming in 2011.                                         staff at the bedside has had the opportunity to voice what they want in
       It turns out to be a trick question, though. To successfully and               these carts and the organization of them. Having the bedside RN feed-
     smoothly move patients into a new building takes more than just a                back in this transition is vital in making sure the staff feels like they have
     nurse count. It requires years of planning between nurses, contractors,          ownership in our new home! If we do it right the first time by gaining
     and administrators. Before the patients can be moved in, the rooms and           their feedback, the transition will be so much smoother.
     equipment must be properly placed, and the staff must be familiar with              “The following week, we will put the training into action by having
     the new placement of equipment and supplies before the first patient is           a series of mock scenarios that can and do occur in our Congenital
     wheeled over the threshold.                                                      Heart Surgery Unit, like ECMO initiation and other emergency bedside
                                                                                      procedures. We will be testing routes to and from the OR, Cath lab, and
     Pictured above, from Medical City Children’s Hospital’s Congenital Heart         Radiology to ensure the safest route for our patients.
     Surgery Unit (left to right): Janie Garza, RN, unit supervisor; Laurie Dunkin,     “We will also ensure that other departments are aware of our location
     BSN, RN, unit supervisor; and Patsy Snider BSN, RN, CCRN unit manager.           by conducting a series of mock drills that would require other depart-
                                                                                      ments to respond to our unit in the new tower.”

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                                                                                                                        six-year move

    “As a leader and the one who is responsible for a successful
 move for your staff, immerse yourself in the process and plan,
 plan, plan. The more you plan and know about the processes
 involved, the more natural the move will be. The leader of the unit
 really sets the tone for move so it is very important to be orga-
 nized, calm and in control.”
                                            Patsy Snider, BSN, RN, CCRN
                                Congenital Heart Surgery Unit Manager

 “Remember that your biggest asset is your TEAM. We have con-
                                                                                              TEX S
 quered all this planning with the creation of nursing task forces                            For Performance

 that have nurses who are passionate about the move to our new
 unit. We utilize each nurse’s strength to its fullest, whether it is
 creativity, organization, or spirit-building. We are a strong team        Your destination is clear.
 because of our collective attributes.”
                                                                           Our world-renowned Magnet facility is expanding!
                                                 Laurie Dunkin, BSN, RN
                                                                           The new Medical City Children’s Hospital tower
                              Congenital Heart Surgical Unit Supervisor
                                                                           will debut in June 2010. If you're searching for a
                                                                           healthcare employer whose high standards match
                                                                           your own, then your destination is clear—Medical
  Snider is no stranger to relocating units. She has moved four            City Children’s Hospital. You'll appreciate our
ICU units in her career. “I am familiar with the in’s and out’s of what    unique environment, where people blend together
it takes to have a successful move. Despite this, each time I have
                                                                           seamlessly to further our mission.
come across something new and unexpected. The most challeng-
ing part for me thus far has been patience with the construction           We currently have RN opportunities available in the
process. As often happens in new construction, completion dates
                                                                           following areas:
can vary. I have been challenged to find creative solutions in order
to feel like our team is still making forward progress with the things
that we needed to accomplish, even when the dates change.”                   • PICU
  For Snider, as for most nurses involved in the moving process, the
                                                                             • NICU
reward is the final fulfillment of a task six years in the making. While
the new facilities represent years of planning and work, they also           • Congenital Heart Surgery Unit
offer the promise of improved care and access for patients, their
families, and the staff. “The unit set up is very open and visible from
                                                                             • Pediatrics
the MD/Nurses Station,” says Snider. “Each of our rooms is about 300         • ER
square feet or more and has a clinical area that is set up a lot like an
OR. We have surgical arms with two monitor screens. We are able              • CVOR
to position a patient’s bed any way we need to depending on the
                                                                             • Transport Team
patient situation. In the back of the room, we have a family area so
the family can be comfortable in the room with the patient, without
having their belongings potentially in the way of patient care.”
  Ultimately, the years of planning and inter-departmental coop-
eration still require a strong nursing team to complete the process.
“I am honored to direct my team of nurses,” says Snider. “Their dedi-
cation and passion for our patient population makes my job easy.”
  NL                                                                                     EOE

                                                                                                                      June 2010    13
     Advance Your Career
     with an Advanced Degree
                                         “Without a more educated nursing workforce, the nation’s
                                         health will be further at risk.”
                                                                              -Tri-Council for Nursing

                                             M       ore than 32 million new patients are expected to enter the
                                                     health care system soon. The expectations placed on nurses
                                             are evolving quickly to meet this new demand, and many nurses
                                             will have to evolve as well by pursuing an advanced nursing degree.
                                                Adding to the pressures placed on nurses by a growing patient
                                             population, the Tri-Council for Nursing, which includes the Ameri-
                                             can Association of Colleges of Nursing, American Nurses Associa-
                                             tion, American Organization of Nurse Executives, and National
                                             League for Nursing, are calling for all registered nurses to advance
                                             their education “in the interest of enhancing quality and safety
                                             across health care settings.”

                                             Thinking about a BSN?
                                                As any RN conducting a job search can attest to, the BSN is
                                             becoming the preferred degree for RNs, especially as the role of
                                             RNs expands to include coordinating more care and making more
                                             critical decisions.
                                                To help you meet the medical field’s changing expectations on
                                             nurses, many nursing schools and hospitals are expanding their

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                                                                                                                                     advanced degrees

educational programs, making it easier than ever for you to get your
BSN or higher degree.                                                       In 2008, 36.8 percent of nurses held a
  According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s            bachelor’s degree, compared to 22 percent in
(AACN) “Your Nursing Career: A Look at the Facts,”                          1980, an increase of almost 60 percent.
      The BSN nurse is prepared for a broader role. The BSN nurse              Source:
    is the only basic nursing graduate preferred to practice in all
    health care settings -- critical care, ambulatory care, public
    health, and mental health -- and thus has the greatest em-            Online or Face-to-Face Programs?
    ployment flexibility of any entry-level RN. The BSN curriculum           Online education has been around for over 25 years, and there have
    includes a broad spectrum of scientific, critical-thinking, human-     been numerous studies on their effectiveness. According to Burns,
    istic, communication, and leadership skills, including specific        studies have shown that both types of programs are effective, offer-
    courses on community health nursing not typically included in         ing excellent content and education, but with different outcomes. For
    diploma or associate-degree tracks. These abilities are essential     example, online programs require more interaction with the instructors
    for today’s professional nurse who must be a skilled provider,        and classmates, while face-to-face classes allow students to sit and take
    designer, manager, and coordinator of care.                           notes without as much interaction. Burns also urges students to seek
Nurses that have taken courses in management and leadership offer          out assessments offered by the schools to see if the online environment
a robust skill set, says the AACN, and are viewed by nurse executives     is appropriate for the student’s learning style.
to be “prepared to meet the more complex demands of today’s pa-
tient care.”                                                              Already have a Degree?
                                                                            Many nursing programs recognize the wide variety of entry points
Considering a Graduate Degree?                                            for nurses, such as those who already hold a bachelor’s or master’s
  The role of master’s-prepared                                           degree in a different field. For
nurses will be changing soon.                                             example, TCU has an acceler-
“Many of the current nursing roles                                        ated program that offers a BSN in
that require master’s degrees will                                        15 months. You can find similar
require doctorates, starting in                                           programs at the end of this article
2015, which means there will be                                           in Nurses Lounge’s special list of
new roles for master’s-prepared                                           Texas nursing schools.
nurses, such as clinical nurse lead-
ers, informatics, and administra-                                         How to Find the Right
tion,” says Dean Paulette Burns,                                          Program
RN, PhD, Texas Christian Univer-                                            How can you determine the
sity’s Harris College of Nursing                                          quality of a nursing program?
and Health Sciences.                                                      Elizabeth Poster, PhD, RN, FAAN,
                                             Paulette Burns, RN, PhD                                                 Elizabeth Poster, PhD, RN, FAAN
  Which degree is right for you                                           dean of the UTA College of Nursing
will depend a great deal on your                                          and president of the Texas Association of Deans and Directors of Profes-
personality and how you want to contribute to the nursing field. For       sional Nursing Programs, stresses the importance of talking to other
example, Burns says the PhD and APN-prepared nurses are scientists        students about the quality of the content and how it is delivered:
and educators, whereas Doctors of Nursing Practice (DNP) take that          • Do the students have to work to get good grades?
research and look at how to apply it regularly in daily practice. This      • Does the information delivery process allow for face to face
makes the DNP an excellent choice for those nurses who want to make         communication with the professor and other students?
contributions by applying new discoveries in the health care field.          • Is the content engaging?
  “Before entering a program,” cautions Burns, “nurses should consider
what kind of work they like to do and would like to do for a long time.   What’s Your Next Step?
There are many different directions one can go and different goals that       The most important step is the first one! Talk to your manager or
can be achieved. Nurses should ask themselves, ‘What do I want to         supervisor to see what programs are available through your facility.
contribute to nursing?’”                                                    NL

                                                                                                                                        June 2010      15
      Texas Nursing School Directory                                             El Centro Community College
                                                                                 Dallas, Tx
                                                                                 (214) 860-2309
     Below is a directory of nursing schools and programs in Texas.    
     Schools listed with our Nurses Lounge icon       invite you to              AAS
     visit their interactive online group at               El Paso Community College
     Become a member to get the latest school news, meet current                 El Paso, Tx
     students and faculty, and join school discussions!                          (915) 831-4530
                                                                                 AAS, LVN
     Alvin Community College                     Brookhaven College              Galen College of Nursing
     Alvin, Tx                                   Dallas, Tx                      San Antonio, Tx
     (281) 756-5610                              (972) 860-4546                  (210) 733-3056                   
     ADN                                         ADN                             ADN
     Amarillo College                            Central Texas College           Galveston College
     Amarillo, Tx                                Killeen, Tx                     Galveston, Tx
     (806) 354-6011                              (254) 526-1300                  (409) 944-1387                                        
     ADN                                         ADN                             ADN
     Angelina College                            Cisco College                   Grayson County College
     Lufkin, Tx                                  Abilene, Tx                     Denison, Tx
     (936) 633-1301                              (325) 794-4400                  (903) 786-9596                                   
     ADN                                         ADN                             ADN
     Angelo State University                     Coastal Bend College            Hill College
     San Angelo, Tx                              Beeville, Tx                    Hillsboro, Tx
     (325) 942-2224                              (361) 354-2838                  (817) 641-9887                               
     ADN                                         ADN                             ADN
     Austin Community College                    College of the Mainland         Houston Baptist University
     Austin, Tx                                  Texas City, Tx                  Houston, Tx
     (512) 223-5774                              (409) 938-1211                  (281) 649-3300                                 
     ADN                                         ADN                             ADN, LVN, BSN
     Baptist Health System                       Collin College                  Houston Community College
     San Antonio, Tx                             Mckinney, Tx                    Houston, Tx
     (210) 297-9104                              (972) 548-6679                  (731) 718-7230                                       
     ADN                                         ADN                             ADN
                                                 Concordia University            Howard College
                                                 Austin, Tx                      Big Spring, Tx
                                                 (512) 313-3000                  (432) 264-5070
      Baylor Louise Herrington                   ADN                             ADN
      School of Nursing                          Dallas Nursing Institute        Kilgore College
      Dallas, Tx                                 Dallas, Tx                      Kilgore, Tx
      (214) 820-3361                             (214) 351-0223                  (903) 983-8168                                   
      BSN, MSN, DNP                              ADN                             ADN
                                                 Del Mar College                 Lamar State College - Orange
     Blinn College                               Chorpus Chrisit, Tx             Orange, Tx
     Bryan, Tx                                   (361) 698-2860                  (409) 882-3344
     (979) 209-7525                                                                   ADN                             ADN
     Brazosport College                          East Texas Baptist University   Lamar State College - Port Arthur
     Lake Jackson, Tx                            Marshall, Tx                    Port Arthur, Tx
     (979) 230-3423                              (903) 935-7963                  (409) 984-6354                                
     ADN                                         ADN, BSN                        ADN

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June 2010    17
texas nursing schools

     Lamar University - Beaumont           Lone Star College - Montgomery     Midland College
     Beaumont, Tx                          Conroe, Tx                         Midland, Tx
     (409) 880-8817                        (936) 273-7000                     (432) 685-4600             
     ADN, BSN, MSN                         ADN                                ADN, LVN
                                                                              Midwestern State University
     Laredo Community College              Lone Star College - North Harris   Wichita Falls, Tx
     Laredo, Tx                            Houston, Tx                        (940) 397-4599
     (956) 722-0521                        (281) 618-5400                                                    ADN, BSN
     ADN, LVN, CNA                         ADN                                Navarro College
                                                                              Corsicana, Tx
     Lee College                           Lone Star College - Tomball
                                                                              (903) 875-7581
     Baytown, Tx                           Tomball, Tx
     (281) 425-6449                        (281) 351-3300
                                                                              ADN, LVN                     
                                                                              North Central Texas College
     ADN                                   ADN, LVN
                                                                              Gainesville, Tx
     Lone Star College - Cyfair            Lubbock Christian University       (940) 668-4264
     Cypress, Tx                           Lubbock, Tx              
     (281) 290-3931                        (806) 796-8800                     ADN                                            Northeast Texas Community College
     ADN, LVN                              ADN, BSN, MSN                      Mt. Pleasant, Tx
     Lone Star College - Kingwood          Mclennan Community College         (903) 434-8100
     Kingwood, Tx                          Waco, Tx                 
     (281) 312-1683                        (254) 299-8367                     AAS, LVN                                       Odessa College
     ADN                                   ADN, LVN                           Odessa, Tx
                                                                              (432) 335-6672
                                                                              Panola College
                                                                              Carthage, Tx
                                                                              (903) 694-4000
                                                                              ADN, LVN
                                                                              Paris Juinior College
                                                                              Paris, Tx
                                                                              (903) 782-0732
                                                                              ADN, LVN
                                                                              Patty Hanks Shelton School of
                                                                              Abilene, Tx
                                                                              (325) 671-2399
                                                                              BSN, RN-BSN, MSN-FNP, MSN-EDU,APN
                                                                              Prairie View A&M University
                                                                              Houston, Tx
                                                                              (713) 797-7000
                                                                              BSN, MSN
                                                                              San Jacinto College South
                                                                              Houston, Tx
                                                                              (281) 922-3409
                                                                              ADN, PM-RN, LVN-ADN, LVN-RN
                                                                              South Plains College
                                                                              Levelland, Tx
                                                                              (806) 894-9611

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                                                                             texas nursing schools

South Texas College
McAllen, Tx
(956) 872-3124
Southwest Texas Jr. College
Uvalde, Tx
(830) 478-4402
Southwestern Adventist University
Keene, Tx
(817) 645-3971
St. Phillips College
San Antonio, Tx
(210) 486-2000
Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, Tx
(936) 468-3604
Tarleton State University
Stephenville, Tx
(254) 968-9139

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College Station, Tx
(956) 872-3124
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Texas A&M International University
Laredo, Tx
(956) 326-2001

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texas nursing schools

     Texas A&M University
     Corpus Christi, Tx
     (361) 825-2649                                                                              T Y LE R
                                            University of Mary Hardin-Baylor     University of Texas - Tyler
                                            Belton, Tx                           Tyler, Tx
                                            (800) 727-8642                       (903) 566-7320
                                             BSN, MSN, DNP                       BSN, MSN, MBA, PHD
      Texas Christian University                                                 Online: RN-BSN, RN-MSN, PhD
      Fort Worth, Tx
      (817) 257-7490                                                            UT Health Science Center San Antonio                                                    San Antonio, Tx
      BSN, MSN, DNP,                                                            (210) 567-5807
      Nurse Anesthesia                                                
                                                                                BSN, MSN, DNP
                                           University of Texas at Arlington
     Texas State Technical College         Arlington, Tx                        University of the Incarnate Word
     Brownwood, Tx                         (817) 272-2776                       San Antonio, Tx
     (325) 643-5987                                 (210) 829-3982
                                           BSN, MSN, DNP
     ADN                                                                        BSN, RN-BSN, MSN
     Texas State University at San         University of Texas - Austin         Vernon College
     Marcos                                Austin, Tx                           Vernon, Tx
     Round Rock, Tx                        (512) 471-7311                       (940) 552-6291
     (512) 716-4000                                                  BSN, MSN, DNP                        ADN, LVN-ADN
     ADN, BSN
                                           University of Texas - Brownsville    Victoria College
                                           Brownsville, Tx                      Victoria, Tx
                                           (956) 544-8200                       (361) 573-3291
                                           ADN, BSN, MSN                        AAS, LVN-ADN, LVN
     Texas Tech University Health
     Science Center                                                             Wayland Baptist University
                                           University of Texas - El Paso
     Lubbock, Tx                                                                San Antonio, Tx
                                           El Paso, Tx
     (806) 743-1000                                                             (210) 826-7595
                                           (915) 747-8217                                        
     BSN, MSN, DNP                                                              BSN, LVN-BSN, RN-BSN
                                           ADN, BSN, MSN
                                                                                Online: RN-BSN
     Texas Woman’s University
                                           University of Texas Medical Branch   Weatherford College
     Denton, Tx
                                           Galveston, Tx                        Weatherford, Tx
     (940) 898-2000
                                           (409) 772-1181                       (817) 598-6309
      RN-BSN, RN-MSN, DNP, PhD
                                           BSN, MSN, DNP                        ADN
     Online: RN-BSN
     Trinity Valley Community College                                           West Texas A&M University
     Kaufman, Tx                                                                Canyon, Tx
     (903) 932-5010                                                             (806) 651-2630                                                         
     ADN, LVN-BSN                                                               BSN, MSN
     Tyler Junior College                   University of Texas - Pan America
     Tyler, Tx                                                                  Western Governors University
                                            Edinberg, Tx                        Houston, Tx
     (903) 510-2200                         (956) 381-3491                                                                    (801) 428-5209
     ADN, LVN-ADN, PM-LVN                   BSN, RN-BSN                         BSN, MSN
     University of Houston Victoria
     School of Nursing                     UT Health Science Center - Houston   Wharton County Junior College
     Victoria, Tx                          Houston, Tx                          Wharton, Tx
     (361) 570-5596                        (713) 500-2000                       (979) 532-6391                           
     RN-BSN, RN-MSN, MSN                   BSN, MSN                             ADN, LVN-BSN

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