Nurses

Contessa Henry

  I work at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center as a certified nurse in the operating room (OR). I’ve been in nursing 15 years, but this December marks my second year at Methodist Mansfield. I live in the community, and the hospital is convenient — but that’s not why I work here. I had heard so many great things about the hospital. I even took my kids here to the emergency dep ...

Jennifer Allen

I’ve been in nursing 10 years. I started my career with a medical-surgical residency at another hospital (we were living in Arlington at the time). Then I moved into the orthopedic-neurology unit and later the total joint unit, where I got my orthopedic nursing certification. About that time, a high school in Oklahoma recruited my husband to coach the football team, so we moved ...

Methodist Health System is one of only three health systems in the nation to earn the 2019 Top Healthcare Diversity Organization Award from the Healthcare Diversity Council. We are extremely honored to receive this award. As one of the leading healthcare providers in North Texas, we recognize that this accolade affirms that in the area of diversity, our hearts are in the right ...

Barbara Madden

On July 29, 2019, we got very exciting news. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) called to tell us that Methodist Dallas Medical Center had achieved Magnet® designation for excellence in nursing. We were thrilled, especially knowing that less than 10 percent of hospitals in the United States have earned this prestigious recognition. Of course, we had a huge celebra ...

Beena Mathai

This year I’m celebrating my 10-year anniversary with Methodist Health System. And it’s been a wonderful journey. I’ve always been impressed with our strong core values. On a day-to-day basis, we continue to provide compassionate, quality care to our patients. But what has really impressed me all these years is our staff. This is the 15th year that we’ve been named a Best Plac ...

Adrienne Graves

I’ve always been a nurse, but I haven’t always been with Methodist Health System. How I came to be here is kind of interesting. I came to Methodist Richardson Medical Center when my father was hospitalized here. He had surgery and there were complications, so he ended up having to stay for a long time. Whenever I visited him, I observed the staff to see how well they took care ...

When I considered a second career after my youngest child entered kindergarten, little did I imagine that I was destined to become the chief nursing officer for a well-respected hospital like Methodist Charlton Medical Center. But, that’s exactly what happened. With some encouragement from my husband, I embarked on my nursing career and graduated from nursing school. I started ...

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My name is Priya Sharma and I’m a millennial. Our generation is earning quite the reputation for getting married later in life, traveling the world in our 20s, and always looking for the next best thing. I started my career as a labor and delivery nurse at Methodist Richardson Medical Center in February 2015. After one year, I started wondering what my next move should be. Mi ...

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Winston Churchill once said, “I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.” This completely resonates with me. I am eternally optimistic, and that is reinforced with my experiences at Methodist Health System. Here, I’ve been able to make my wildest dreams come true when our hospital, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, achieved Magnet® designation. My ...

If you had asked me 10 years ago as a new graduate nurse at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, I never would have imagined that a little girl from Louisiana would earn her doctorate in nursing and become the director of the Magnet Recognition Program® — the gold standard of nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) — at a Level I Trauma Center hospital ...

It’s an exciting time here at Methodist Health System. Just a few months ago on May 17, 2017, Methodist Richardson Medical Center became the first Methodist hospital to achieve Magnet® designation for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Then on July 20, we received the call that Methodist Mansfield Medical Center had also achieved the pre ...

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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, ...

Irene Strejc, BSN, RN, MPH, CENP, ACHE

The call came on the afternoon of May 17, 2017. I’ll never forget it. That’s the day we learned that the American Nurses Credentialing Center surveyors had unanimously approved granting Magnet Program Recognition® to Methodist Richardson Medical Center. It was the culmination of a seven-year journey and placed us in an elite group of 461 hospitals that have achieved Magnet reco ...

Posted News, Nurses, Nursing Awards

Here’s an interesting question to consider … would Florence Nightingale recognize the profession of nursing as it exists today? The automation, the technology, and the greater degree of autonomy would probably amaze her; however, she would undoubtedly see the common thread that has carried through from the day she established nursing as a career — the innate desire to care for ...

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Melissa Mitchell, MSN, RN, CMSRN

To say Melissa Mitchell is a driven, goal-oriented person is an understatement. Throughout her nursing career, her eye has been on the prize ahead. From a longtime LVN to an associate degree in nursing to her BSN and MSN-education degrees, one of the secrets to her success has been education. We asked Melissa to tell us about her journey to success and how Methodist Health Syst ...

Posted Nurses, Internships and Education
Dee Drake, BSN, CCRN

Looking for the perfect nursing environment? A place you can call home? Dee Drake, BSN, CCRN, found that at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, and today she is a CCRN in the cath lab. Dee tells us what she learned and how others mentored and influenced her over the years.   Q: Tell us about your career path? A: After I graduated from nursing school, I was fortunate to secure a ...

Posted Nurses, Cardiology
Barbara Madden, MSN, BSN

A core value woven into the fabric of the Methodist Health System culture is promoting from within. Just ask me, Barbara Madden. I recently accepted the role of vice president, chief nursing officer (CNO) for Methodist Dallas Medical Center. My nursing career at Methodist spans 30 years. I joined the hospital in 1985 as a med-surg nurse and then moved to adult critical care, an ...

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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, ...

Barbara Madson Madden, MSN, RN

A higher calling. A passion to help others. Making a difference in others’ lives. Motivated to heal. Because I care. These are the reasons you’re likely to hear when you ask nurses why they chose this career. National Nurses Week was established to recognize the special people who choose nursing as their life’s work. It also offers an opportunity to thank nurses for the special ...

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Joshua Ast, BSN, RN, CNOR

I was destined to work in healthcare. As far back as I can remember, I’ve always had this desire to help others. My mom set the example as a radiology tech and my interest in science fueled my passion to pursue a healthcare career. But, as I’ve discovered, even if you know what you want to do, you can’t be sure where fate is going to lead you. I decided to join the Navy when I ...

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