We’re growing. Now it's your turn.
By Beena Mathai, MSN, RN, CCRN
IMC Nurse Manager, Stroke Program Coordinator
Methodist Richardson Medical Center
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 Place to Work by the Dallas Business Journal. Methodist takes care of us. That’s why I’ve stayed.
How I got here.
I was a surgical intensive care nurse at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, and Methodist Richardson Medical Center had a position open for an administrative house supervisor, which was a promotion. I accepted the job, and after two years got promoted to manager. I’m also coordinating the stroke program for the hospital.
Why I’m thrilled about hiring more intermediate care (IMC) nurses.
Opening this fall, our $85 million expansion will help meet the needs of our growing community — we’ve had many new patients! We’re adding two new floors and up to 150 all-private patient rooms. With more rooms, we can serve our patients faster, which makes them happier and makes it easier on us nurses.
What IMC nurses love about us.
First, as you probably know, we are a Magnet®-designated facility. What’s more, we were the first Methodist hospital to achieve this prestigious designation. There are a lot of perks in a Magnet hospital. Nurses can join committees. Our voices are heard. Basically, it empowers us.
Second, we have great succession planning. If you have strong leadership qualities, you can become a manager or a clinical coordinator. We offer great tuition reimbursement, too. If you want to be an MSN or BSN, you can grow your career and work while doing it. So it’s a win-win.
We’re an award-winning hospital. We were the first hospital in Texas to receive the Texas Award for Performance Excellence — the TAPE — which means we’re providing excellent care to our patients and creating better patient outcomes. We were also the first in the nation to receive liver, pancreatic, and bile duct cancer certification from The Joint Commission.
Plus, our pay is very competitive!
What excites me about our expansion.
Our expansion will mean a lot of opportunities for nurses: more service lines and succession planning for management and clinical coordinator positions.
This is what I really like about Methodist Richardson. I started as a nurse, and then I became a house supervisor and then a nurse manager. So in my 10-year journey with Methodist, I got promoted twice. That’s what keeps me here. I see a great future.
Leaders don’t micromanage you here. They have an open-door policy. They are transparent. My chief nursing officer is always supportive. She’s all about making a difference in nursing.
And the leadership team I work with? This is our second family. We’re there for each other. We find solutions to problems. My team will do anything for this hospital and for me. I take care of them, and they take care of me. They keep me going.
If you’re looking for an organization that is expanding and truly celebrates nurses, look to Methodist Richardson Medical Center. We’d like to get to know you. RSVP for our RN Virtual Career Fair, Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at RNCareerFairMRMC.org or visit Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org.