Nursing Specialties

Methodist Charlton Medical Center will launch an Emergency Department (ED) RN Residency Program in October for experienced RNs who are looking to change clinical areas. This exciting and challenging program is now accepting applications from RNs with at least two years of experience in another nursing specialty such as med-surg or critical care. The 12-week program offers a $5, ...

Meet the team: (top L to R) Mark Gemina, RN, Jill Hamilton, RN, Jeremy Guthrie, RN Resident, Kerry Santa Lucia, RN, Kathryn Patton, RN; (bottom) Justin Myers, RN

In the spring of 2016, Methodist Charlton Medical Center expanded its critical care services to 32 beds. We asked Kathryn Patton, ICU nurse manager in critical care services at Methodist Charlton, about her career and why she is proud to be a critical care nurse. Q: How long have you been a critical care nurse? Patton: I’ve been a registered nurse for 16 years, and of those, ...

Dallas – Methodist Dallas Medical Center salutes the following nurses for specialty certifications. Congratulations to all! Nurse Practitioner Amanda Skelton, ACNP (Neuro) RN – BSN Graduates Amy Bozeman, BSN (Golden Cross) Victor Abarca, BSN (Neuro) Rhonda McGaughey, BSN (L&D) Vanessa Ruiz, BSN (4 OBS) Patient Experience Elizabeth Lindert, CPXP Wound Care Margaret Ise ...

February 10, 2015, was a big day for moms and their babies at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. That’s the day the hospital became the first health care organization in Dallas County to receive the Baby-Friendly birth facility designation from Baby-Friendly USA. Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a glob ...

Fran Laukaitis was recently named president of Methodist Charlton Medical Center. Fran served as Methodist Charlton's chief nursing officer since 2010. She is the first registered nurse to ever serve as president of a Methodist Health System facility.  I have been a nurse for 40 years, and never imagined that I would be leading a great health care organization today. Initially ...

Posted Leadership, Nurses, Nursing Specialties

  One of my favorite times of year is upon us — National Nurses Week. May 6-12 has been set aside as the time for the entire country to celebrate the profession of nursing and thank nurses everywhere for their selfless dedication to others. My desire to be a nurse started at a very young age. When I was 5 years old, I was hospitalized for flulike symptoms. Even at that young ...

Do you remember the classic movie that was released in 1960, “The Magnificent Seven?” The movie focused on a small town that hired seven men to help protect its citizens. We think all of our nurses are magnificent, and especially the seven Methodist Health System nurses who have been named DFW Great 100 Nurses 2015. This award is recognized throughout the nursing community in t ...

If you’re a nurse and your passion is caring for patients who have experienced major trauma, then you should consider expanding your career at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. Why? I’m proud to say that Methodist Dallas has recently achieved verification as a Level I trauma center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Committee on Trauma (COT). This signifies that M ...

http://youtu.be/6i0JjRnrI6E?list=PLCA528AD6877F6F3E Simba Nyoni, RN, CRN, BSN -- an ICU nurse at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center -- talks about the vital role men can play in nursing, especially certain specialties. ...

Posted Nurses, Nursing Specialties

http://youtu.be/Xy3ImkoxHqc Have you considered emergency nursing? Theda Serna shares her experience as an ED RN at Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. ...

By Bernadette Trail, PHR Human Resources Generalist Methodist Charlton Medical Center Nursing internships have been around for a long time. In fact, they’re one of the most popular employee programs offered at Methodist Charlton Medical Center. But this year, we are piloting a completely different internship program — one that specializes solely in transitioning experienced ...

By Darryl Jones II, BS, RCIS, RDCS Interim Heart Center Educator Methodist Dallas Medical Center One thing I learned early in working with patients battling heart disease is you can’t be a hypocrite. February is heart month, but if you want your patients’ respect anytime of the year, you have to lead by example.  It starts with being a healthier you and having a heart for ...

Posted Cardiology, Nursing Specialties

By Tammy Pikey, BSN, CMSRN Director of Med-surg/IMC Methodist Charlton Medical Center I love med-surg nursing. I’ve been doing it my whole life and there’s nothing else I would rather be doing. Why am I so avid about this aspect of nursing? It’s really simple. Working with and being supported by a team of professionals quickly teach you how med-surg nurses care from their ...

Posted Nurses, Nursing Specialties, Patient Care

By Cheryl Koch, RN, BSN, MSN, CNOR Director of Surgical Services Methodist Richardson Medical Center If you need proof that technology has revolutionized health care in the United States, you need look no further than the operating room. Surgeons are able to perform procedures with greater accuracy, affecting only a targeted area of tissue through incisions that a ...

By Joyce Kaska-Laird, MA, RD, LD, CHES, CDE Diabetes Program Manager Methodist Charlton Medical Center As someone who works with diabetes patients every day, I often find myself in the role of a myth buster. Patients who have been newly diagnosed with diabetes and those who have been dealing with the disease for some time often have to be reminded about the realities of li ...

By Karla Ramberger, MSN, RN Chief Nursing Officer, Methodist Dallas Medical Center America has a wonderful, unique tradition of setting aside one day each year to give thanks for our many blessings. While many feel that this spirit of thankfulness should be observed daily, I’m proud to say that thanking and appreciating each other is our culture at Methodist Dallas Medic ...

By David Molengraaf, RN Methodist Charlton Medical Center For me, Methodist Health System is a family affair. I believe so much in Methodist as a caring organization, not just its dedication to caring for patients but for the well-being of its caregivers as well. Methodist is committed to creating successful caregivers through its partnership with El Centro Community College, ...

by Stephanie Cunningham, RN Methodist Dallas Medical Center A few weeks ago, I told you my story about becoming a respiratory therapist (RT). My grandfather’s battle with emphysema reinforced my desire as a young child to care for others. For 28 years, I proudly helped my tiny patients in Methodist Dallas Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) overcome their br ...

By Stephanie Cunningham, RN, RRT Methodist Dallas Medical Center Life is full of surprises. That’s certainly true for my career. For 28 years I’ve worked as a respiratory therapist, mostly in the neonatal intensive care unit at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. There I fell in love with helping newborns breathe. As long as I can remember, even as a child, I wanted to be ...

strong>By Victoria Solis, RN Methodist Dallas Medical Center I love babies and I love nursing. So my choice for a place to care for others wasn’t a difficult one. The postpartum/newborn nursery unit is where I spend my work hours, and it’s where my heart is. Achieving my ideal career followed a natural progression, thanks to Methodist Dallas Medical Center’s coordinated ...