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One hundred of the Dallas-Fort Worth area's RNs named to prestigious list

Monday April 2, 2012
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The 2012 Dallas-Fort Worth Great 100 Nurses list was announced in February. The RNs are nominated by their peers, practice sites, families and patients, according to thegreat100nurses.com.

Honoree Sally K. Snow, RN, BSN, CPEN, FEAN, trauma program director at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, has been a nurse for 38 years. "It is gratifying to be part of a team that is ready to respond 24/7 to critically injured children to assure that they have every opportunity to survive and recover from their injuries," she said. "I have devoted my career to managing and educating nurses who care for patients at the bedside. It is that line of sight that keeps me connected to my calling. Nurses are the most trusted professionals in America. That is a reputation worth maintaining."

The Great 100 celebration raises awareness of the contributions of nurses to patient care, research, leadership, education and community service of more than 15,000 nurses practicing in the DFW area, according to the website. Participating organizations include the North Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, the North Central Organization of Nurse Executives and the Texas Nurses Association districts 3 and 4.

Another honoree, Thanh Nguyen, RN, CRRN, nurse supervisor for the inpatient rehabilitation center at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, has been a nurse for 24 years. "The nurse who nominated me ... has watched me gradually grow from a shy bedside nurse to a compassionate patient advocate, and to soar with my strengths," Nguyen said. "I came from Vietnam, and I was struggling to learn a new language and had to adapt to a new culture. But with strong will and a strong heart, I truly believe you can make nursing a wonderful profession."

Nguyen’s daugther, Thao, also made the Great 100 list. "I didn’t tell [my daughter] I won until two days later," she said. "I wanted her to win. Then on the third day, the [entire] list of winners was published and her name was on it. At that time, my happiness doubled."

Thao Nguyen, RN, BSN, CCRN, RNC-NIC, staff nurse in the NICU at THPH Dallas, has been a nurse for seven years. "After reading my nomination letter written by my manager, I thought, 'Wow, I did all those things?’" she said. "I believe it is important to give back as well as learn from those around us. I would not be where I am without the help of others."

The Great 100 list included the following nurses:

Linda Allison - Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano

Kathleen Andrews - Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Debbie Arbique - UT Southwestern

Ann Babin - Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth

Barbara Baggett - THPH Dallas

Beverly Jane Barton - THHM Cleburne

Prabha Batra - Baylor Medical Center at Garland

Linda Beaverstock - THHM Hurst-Euless-Bedford

Karen Bell - THHM Southwest

Mary Louise Benware - Baylor All Saints Medical Center

Sharon Brockway - Medical City Children’s Hospital

Leisha Buller - THHM Fort Worth

Cynthia Carter - Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Beth Claypool - North Hills Hospital

Amy Conner - THPH Rockwall

Shelley Cook - MMMC

JoAnnette Cooksey - Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine

Donna Crimmins-Bonnell - MMMC

Sandra McLeroy Dejong - Baylor Jack & Jane Hamilton Heart & Vascular Hospital

Laura Devage - North Hills Hospital

Barbara S. Devitt - Baylor University Louise Herrington SON

Ha Duong - Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth

Carissa R. Enright - Texas Woman’s University and THPH Dallas

Robin Evans - Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth

Abi Mikkel Finberg - MDMC

Christopher Fowler - MDMC

Lena Fulton - Medical City Dallas Hospital

Melissa A. Garrison - MMMC

Sanjuanita (Janie) Garza - Medical City Children’s Hospital

Valarie Gilbert - TTHHM Azle

Aimee Goodwin - Baylor University Medical Center

Kimberly Green - MMMC

Lana Krissy Hamilton, Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth

Sheri Hammond, THHM Cleburne

Jenna Harper - Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton

Megan Harris - THHM Fort Worth

C. Regina Harrison - THHM Southwest

Tami Hawkins - THPH Rockwall

Cindy Heard - Baylor Medical Center at Garland

Kathleen Helms - Lifecare Hospital of Fort Worth

Jennifer Hickman - Baylor All Saints Medical Center

Ashley Hodo - THHM Fort Worth

Linda M. Jackson - BASMC

Cherie James - Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Jodi Jeffords - THHM Fort Worth

Joseph Jobe - THHM Cleburne

Teresa Louise Jones - MMMC

Dasha Joseph - Green Oaks Hospital

Amy Kallas - UT Southwestern Medical Center

Kathy Kamp - BRMC at Grapevine

Ruthie Kauffman - Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth

Stephanie Kreiling - Baylor All Saints Medical Center

Mary Krogh - Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

John George Lavers - MMMC

Kelly Loving - UT Southwestern Medical Center

Jeannine F. Luiken - Clinical Pediatrics Associates

John E. Marchand - THPH Plano

Kelli Marchesoni - Medical City Dallas Hospital

Miram Marshall - Cook Children’s Medical Center

Amanda McDonald - THHM Cleburne

Susan K. McDonald - Baylor All Saints Medical Center

Paula McMahan - MMMC

Mary McParland - BRMC at Grapevine

Debra Meeks - Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth

Tsedey Melaku - UT Southwestern Medical Center

Elizabeth C. Morse - THPH Dallas

Cheryl Muldrow - BRMC at Grapevine

Shari Nathanson - TTHPH Dallas

Rona Ng’ethe - Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery

Thanh P. Nguyen - THPH Dallas

Thao Nguyen - THPH Dallas

Thuy Nguyen - THPH Dallas

Yen Nguyen - Baylor Medical Center at Irving

Karen Nichols-Webb - BRMC at Grapevine

Cheryl Petersen, Cook Children’s Medical Center

Lynne Pompetti - MHMR of Tarrant County

Kathryn Pratt - UT Southwestern

Meril Punnoose - Baylor Medical Center at Irving

Kristin Rabenold - BRMC at Grapevine

Kelli Raibick - THPH Dallas

Tia Reinhardt - THPH Dallas

Jame Restau - BMC at Irving

Ruth Robert - BMC at Garland

Catherine Rosser - BULH SON

Debra Rundles - Medical Center Arlington

Nola Schrum - BMC at Irving

Jeanne Seitz - UT Southwestern

Bola Sijuwade - Medical Center Arlington

Mindy Smart - BJJHHVH

Antwoin Smith - BMC at Southwest Fort Worth

Sally Snow - CCMC

Janet Stagg - UT Southwestern Medical Center University Hospitals & Clinics

Jennifer Stephen - CCMC

Kim Talac - Medical Center of Lewisville

Tim Taylor - Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Cheryl Ann Tucker - BULH SON

Kathryn Vance - THHM Southwest

Janice L. Walker - BMC at Garland

Riqui Wartes - Baylor All Saints Medical Center

Patricia Michelle Weimer - UT Southwestern


Compiled by Lori Fagan, a member of the editorial team. Post a comment below or email editorSouth@nurse.com.