(Content courtesy of the DFW Great 100 Nurses Inc.)
This year marks the 26th anniversary of the DFW Great 100 Nurses. Over the past two decades, 2,600 nurses from across the Dallas-Fort Worth area have been recognized for their contributions to the nursing profession.
The Great 100 celebration raises awareness of the contributions to patient care, research, leadership, education and community service of more than 50,000 nurses practicing in the DFW area. In addition, the celebration builds the image of nursing through positive reinforcement of the profession as a scientific art and the recognition of those who exemplify excellence.
“As an organization, we believe in the power of nurses to transforms lives, organizations, communities and health systems,” said Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, president of the DFW Great 100 and past Great 100 recipient. “Nurses are leading at a local, state and national level in all settings. Three million and growing, nurses represent the backbone, brain, heart and soul of the healthcare system. We are in the midst of an exciting transformation in healthcare that needs creative destruction and disruptive innovation, and nurses are perfectly positioned to do just that and more.”
Over the past several years, the makeup of the Great 100 has evolved and mirrored this rapidly evolving position. While their titles may range from staff nurses, deans, professors, administrators, clinical nurse leaders, nurse practitioners, program coordinators and educators, the one credential that ties them all together is RN.
The Great 100 Nurses stemmed from an idea by P.K. Scheerle, an RN and successful entrepreneur, who founded a similar event to recognize nurses in New Orleans. In 1991, Beth Mancini, PhD, RN; Sarah Moody, MS, RN, NEA-BC; Lucy Norris, MS, RN, CENP; and Judy Denison, MS, RN, NEA-BC, worked with the community to create the DFW Great 100 Nurses.
“We were at a point where we wanted to present nursing in a positive light, to encourage individuals to consider nursing — the worth of nursing, and to create scholarships so individuals could go to nursing school and better meet the healthcare needs of our community,” Mancini said.
For many of these individuals becoming a part of the Great 100 is a humbling experience, reminding many of them why they chose to enter the profession. “This award is an honor and an opportunity to represent all nurses and the nursing profession,” said Cecilia Lijauco, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ, one of this year’s Great 100 recipients. “Nurses are selfless professionals, and this award has reminded me why I chose to become a nurse. I share this award with all the nurses globally, because every nurse impacts lives without seeking recognition — it just comes naturally.”
This year’s DFW Great 100 Nurses celebration took place May 3 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.
For more information on the event and to view a complete list of winners visit the DFW Great 100 Nurses website.
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Photo caption: Great 100 Nurses gather backstage prior to accepting their award. Pictured from left to right: RNs Waltona Cummings, Nenita Cuellar, Lynn Cope, Shelley Conroy and Kelly Cole.