Medical City Dallas The Texas Organization of Nurse Executives announced Cole Edmonson, RN, vice president and CNO of Medical City, is the recipient of the Excellence in Leadership Award. The award is given to a nurse executive who demonstrates the ability to relate and connect with the nursing staff though unique and effective methods. The award also represents the involvement of the recipient in the community through schools, clinics and civic organizations.Sally Gillam, RN
Edmonson partners with local colleges of nursing to bridge gaps between service and academics in order to take nursing education and practice to the highest level of excellence. He serves on advisory committees for several universities in the Dallas area and also has been instrumental in leading an initiative to restructure the DFW Great 100 Nurses event. As a result of his leadership, he has broadened the involvement and sponsorship for the event to include local organizations of nurse leaders.
Edmonson champions collaboration whenever possible by working to bring groups of nurses together around a common purpose, whether it involves clinical practice, education/professional development or leadership.
University of Houston, Victoria (Texas) For her article Caring in Telehealth, published in the December edition of the Journal of Telemedicine and Electronic Health, assistant professor Shainy Varghese, RN, interviewed 13 APNs to find out how they conveyed caring when treating patients over the phone, through video conferencing or by other distance technology means.Susan Griffin, RN
When we think about healthcare, we always think the nurses and doctors have to be by the patient at a touchable distance, Varghese said in a UHV online newsletter. In telehealth, the provider and the patient can be miles apart and sometimes can be in a different country.
Varghese found that nurses conveyed caring by staying with patients, personifying the images they used and effectively communicating. The next step will be to examine patient perceptions in telehealth, she said in the article.
St. Davids South Austin (Texas) Medical Center CNO Sally Gillam, RN, BSN, MS, has been elected to serve as the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives representative to the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses Advisory Committee. In this role, Gillam will help ensure that nursing professionals are effective and competent in their roles as leaders in the coordination of patient care and will provide greater accountability to the profession and the public.Shainy Varghese, RN
St. Davids Medical Center and St. Davids Rehabilitation Hospital Susan Griffin, RN, CNO, has been elected to serve as a nursing representative for the Texas Hospital Association Council on Policy Development. In this role, she will work with the council to recommend public policy positions for the consideration by the THA board. The Council on Policy Development provides an arena for the discussion and debate of issues and resolution of policy positions. It also serves as a forum to develop strong and united positions on public policy issues. Griffin is one of three nursing representatives to serve on the council for a three-year term, which ends Dec. 31, 2012.
Scott & White Memorial Hospital (Temple, Texas) Marisa Merlino, RN, MHA, CNOR, received the Outstanding Achievement in Mentorship award from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses.Wrennah L. Gabbert, RN
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Anita Thigpen Perry School of Nursing Wrennah L. Gabbert, RN, PhD, associate professor, was recently chosen to serve on the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Continuing Education Review Committee. The committee is responsible for reviewing continuing education applications from pediatric nurse practitioners and providing evaluation comments to the NAPNAP national office. She will serve a three-year term.Gabbert has been a peer reviewer and author for Sigma Theta Tau Internationals Online Case Study Publications since 2000. She also has been a manuscript review panel member for the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and an editorial review board member for the International Journal of Human Caring since 2009.Celeste Johnson, RN
Green Oaks Hospital in Dallas Celeste Johnson, RN, MSN, director, Center for Nurse Excellence at Green Oaks Hospital, has been elected president of the Texas Chapter of American Psychiatric Nurses Association. The Texas chapter was to meet under her leadership at the conclusion of the 24th Annual Psychiatric Nursing Symposium at The University of Texas Arlington in April.
Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Sandy McElligott, RN, BSN, MBA, was appointed senior vice president and chief nursing officer. In this role, she will oversee nursing at one of the nations leading pediatric research and treatment hospitals.Sandy McElligott, RN
Independent Nurse Consultant, Austin, Texas Loyce Jacobs McCullough, RN, MS, BS, BSN(E), CNOR, received the Extended Service Award from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses.
The Woodlands, Texas Ann T. Mc Kennis, RN, CNOR(E), CORLN(E), retired, received an award for Outstanding Achievement in Volunteerism from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses.