Nurses

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, si ...

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 ...

Posted Recognition, Nurses
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 ...

Posted Nurses, Leadership

Methodist Mansfield Medical Center is growing to meet the community’s health care needs. That’s great news for nurses and other health care professionals.  We’re so fortunate to be in a thriving service area. In fact, our service area population has grown 59 percent since the hospital opened. The community’s growing demand for health care services includes emergency, surgical, ...

Posted Nurses, Patient Care, Patients

By Sharina Arceneaux, MSN, RN-BC Medical-Surgical Clinical Educator Methodist Dallas Medical Center June 16 is a day that I will never forget. It’s the day I met Tiffany Gonzales after her first day of work in the environmental services department at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. It’s also the day that I knew Tiffany was going to be a terrific addition to the Methodist Heal ...

Posted Nurses, Nursing Awards

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 globa ...

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

By now, most nurses know or have heard about Journey to Magnet Excellence®. But many don’t really understand or appreciate the work that goes into achieving this prestigious recognition. Why has Methodist Charlton Medical Center, as well as Methodist Health System’s other hospitals, decided to pursue this distinction? The Magnet Recognition Program®, administered by the America ...

Posted Nurses

  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 po ...

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 ...

I think King Julien from the “Madagascar” movies has the right idea for a 2015 resolution — move it! Making the New Year an active one could well be one of the healthiest ways to pave the road ahead. Research has shown the overwhelming positive effects of regular activity. It doesn’t have to be a marathon, though. A casual bike ride or a walk around the neighborhood with a frie ...

Posted Employee Health, Nurses, Wellness

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 ...

Mayo Clinic and Methodist Health System (Methodist) officials announced today that Methodist has joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Methodist, one of North Texas’ oldest nonprofit health systems, was selected following a comprehensive evaluation that ranged from its clinical and business practices to quality, safety and service efforts and patient satisfaction. Mayo Clinic a ...

Posted Leadership, News, Nurses, Patient Care

Three Methodist Health System nurses are 2014 South Region Nurse.com nursing excellence GEM Award regional finalists in Texas. Methodist Mansfield Medical Center’s Manager of Labor and Delivery Amanda Truelove and Clinical Coordinator Kalinda Longino are finalists in the categories of clinical nursing inpatient and home, community and ambulatory care, respectively. Methodist Ch ...

Have you ever been so happy to be with a company at a certain time in your career that you needed to pinch yourself to make sure you weren’t dreaming? That pretty much sums up how I feel about my new role as chief nursing officer at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. Being the new kid on the block at a wonderful hospital is always exciting. And joining the leadership team just ...

Rosharion Vivian What can you do now that you couldn’t do three months ago? “I can exercise for an hour or longer without feeling exhausted. I can wear clothes from my closet that I have not worn in the last year. I can also wear clothes that are a size smaller.” “I went shopping for uniforms and I was able to buy a smaller size. It has been a while sinc ...

By Tony Paterniti, PhD, RN Director of Education Methodist Dallas Medical Center Today is the last day of National Nurses Week, an annual observance dedicated to the high calling of the nursing profession and honoring those who have chosen to serve others. Across Methodist Health System, we strive to honor and recognize our outstanding nurses throughout the year. We do this i ...

4/21/14 Nine Methodist Health System registered nurses (RN) will receive the 2014 DFW Great 100 Nurses award. Chosen from more than 800 nominees, recipients are recognized for being role models, leaders, community servants, compassionate caregivers, and significant contributors to the nursing professions. Methodist nurses named to the Great 100 Nurses list include: Methodist ...

Posted News, Nurses, Nursing Awards

By Cheryl Koch, RN, MSN, CNOR Director of Surgical Services Methodist Richardson Medical Center We all know the feeling. You eagerly anticipate a special event and it seems like it takes forever for the date to arrive. Then when it finally arrives, it seems like it happens in the blink of an eye. The Methodist Richardson Medical Center family, along with the surrounding commun ...

By Emily Tupa, BSN, RN, CEN Director of Emergency Services Methodist Charlton Medical Center Sometimes you’re fortunate in your career to be in the right place at the right time to experience a truly wonderful place to work. I’m happy to say that’s my situation in the emergency department (ED) at Methodist Charlton Medical Center. Like any work environment, people make the di ...

Posted Emergency Care, Nurses, Patient Care