Methodist Health System Blog

By GeTonya Dickerson, RN Clinical Nurse Supervisor, Cardiac Telemetry, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center I always knew I wanted to be a nurse. In 2005, I joined Methodist Health System as a patient care technician (PCT) while attending nursing school. During my last year of school I signed a contract with Methodist. It was great for me because I got paid while I was finis ...

By Chris Murray, RCIS Lead Tech, Methodist Dallas Medical Center We’ve come a long way, baby. That’s not only true of most areas of medicine; it’s especially true for cardiology, my area of specialization. When I think about the leaps and bounds we’ve made in diagnosing and treating various heart problems since I began my career, it’s astounding and satisfying. It’s amazin ...

By Bernnie Kennedy, RN, BSN Director, Cardiology/Nursing Supervision Methodist Mansfield Medical Center And Karen Yates, RN, BSN Cardiac Stroke Coordinator, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center While amazing advances have been made in diagnosing and treating heart disease, the fact remains that it is the number-one killer of men and women in the United States. February is H ...

By Josephine Kagika HR Business Partner, Methodist Richardson Medical Center Feeling pretty comfortable with your profile on your social media sites? Maybe it’s time to revisit your profile and review it through the eyes of a potential employer. What should you do to make your profile more attractive to recruiters? What should you avoid to make sure your profile isn’t the vi ...

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By Pam Blaney, MSN, RN, CCRN Director of Nursing, Methodist Charlton Medical Center November 1, 2011, was finally here. The day we had all been planning for. The day of our first open heart procedure at Methodist Charlton Medical Center. This was truly one of the highlights of my career as a critical care nurse. Planning for the big day began more than 12 months earlier. ...

Posted Clinical Trends

By Bernadette Trail HR Business Partner, Methodist Charlton Medical Center How social are you? How often do you post content to your Facebook page? Social media is a way of life these days, but many people don’t stop to think who is viewing their very public posts. As a potential employee, have you ever considered that a future employer may be looking at your social content? ...

Posted Career Advancement, Social

By Janet Brady Employee Activities Coordinator, Methodist Health System We all like to be recognized for a job well done. In fact, rewards and recognition are motivators for health care professionals. It just makes sense that those who choose to care for others want to feel cared for as well. National studies underscore just how important feeling valued and appreciated i ...

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By Kay Kirby, PHR, HR Business Partner, Methodist Health System It’s a new year. Are you ready for a fresh start? Maybe you’ve resolved that now is the time to take your career to a new level with the organization that best meets your personal and professional needs. If so, then why should you choose Methodist Health System for your career partner? As a human resources pr ...

Posted Career Advancement, Nurses

Methodist Dallas Medical Center has been granted a three-year, full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.  Methodist is one of only three such centers in Dallas and 11 in Texas.Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed ...

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By Melanie Algermissen, Assistant Vice President, Wellness, Methodist Health SystemChristmas day has come and gone. Now it’s time to start that diet, exercise more, quit smoking, or spend less money. Or maybe you’ve given up on resolutions since your great intentions seem to fizzle out a couple of weeks into the new year.Many of us fail at New Year’s resolutions because we choo ...

By Karla Ramberger, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Methodist Dallas Medical CenterNursing has always been synonymous with nurture. In fact, both words have the same Latin origin, “nutritura,” meaning “the act of nursing.”While nurses have long been devoted to the care and nurture of patients, today’s health care leaders recognize an equally important commitment to nurture our nurse ...

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ttp://youtu.be/yRTq4RWyaMcChef Carol Ritchie has been part of the To Life! Weight-Loss program at the Methodist Weight Management Institute for a year and has lost nearly 30 pounds and feels great! The To Life! Program is for life and she'll continue to participate in the support groups, visit her doctor, and track her calories and exercise. She makes one last meal for her webl ...

Posted Healthy Eating

By Carol Ritchie, celebrity chef and Participant in the Methodist Weight Management Institute’s To Life!™ Lifestyle Change Management ProgramThe holidays are here, and so are all the temptations that come with them. A steady stream of pot luck gatherings, parties, holiday shopping (and eating), and food gifts can totally undo the hard work you’ve invested in your weight-loss or ...

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Today Methodist Dallas Medical Center received electronic notification from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with the findings of the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) survey which concluded November 8 at Methodist Dallas. The letter confirms that as a result of the hospital’s comprehensive action plan and the survey, CMS has found Methodist ...

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ttp://youtu.be/BdwB328X9s0Jennifer Tullis, RN, BSN, ONC, and Orthopedics Coordinator at Methodist Dallas Medical Center discusses the benefits of the Methodist Joint Academy's patient-centric care ...

By Bernnie Kennedy, RN, Director, Cardiology Nursing Supervision, Methodist Mansfield Medical CenterBeing a nurse has its share of occupational challenges, but did you know nurses are at great risk for heart attacks? And if you work the night shift, that could mean even more trouble for your health.Several studies have documented that nurses struggling with work pressures have ...

Posted Healthy Habits at Work, Nurses

By Kim Cason, RN, Labor and Delivery, Methodist Dallas Medical CenterMost nurses enter this profession with a sense of concern for others. It’s what we were called to do. Finding the right balance between caring too much and caring too little, however, is critical for every nurse’s well-being and long-term job satisfaction.Nurses are increasingly at risk for compassion fatigue, ...

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By Carol Ritchie, celebrity chef and To Life!™ Lifestyle-Change Management ParticipantAs the holidays arrive, I find myself thinking about our favorite seasonal foods, soups for cold nights by the fire, and sweets for all. Foods we associate with fall, winter, and the holidays are often more calorie-laden, so now’s the time to plan ahead and enjoy all the season has to offer by ...

Posted Healthy Eating

By Grace Secrest, BSN, Nursing Manager, Oncology, Methodist Dallas Medical CenterCongratulations! You’ve graduated with your RN degree and found a job at a hospital. Now what? Welcome to the real world of nursing.Here’s your chance to link book-learning with real-life nursing. It may be what you’ve been preparing for, but most every nurse will admit the first job can be a littl ...

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By Sam Ruffing, Assistant Vice President, Clinical and IT Services, Methodist Health SystemIn a perfect world, we’d flip a switch and the electronic health record (EHR) would be magically implemented across the health care spectrum. Every user would automatically know how the software works and would consistently enter accurate, comprehensive data.Truth be told, the EHR has its ...

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