Excellence
In Nursing
Awards

About the Excellence in Nursing Awards

There are jobs, and then there are callings. Some people are just born with the gift of caregiving, and through their gifts, they make our city a better place to live. The 2020 Excellence in Nursing awards is your opportunity to publicly recognize a nurse you see healing North Texas with skill and spirit.

Medical professionals and patients alike are invited to nominate registered nurses for the awards.

Winners will be featured in the March 2020 issue of D Magazine.

Nominations for the 2020 program have closed.

2020 Winners

Education/Research

Tracine Adame
Director for Research & Clinical Innovation
Medical City Dallas

Jennifer Brown
Clinical Educator
Children’s Health

Jeanne Carey
Director of Simulation
Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing

Damon Cottrell
Assistant Dean & Clinical Professor
Texas Woman’s University

Nkechinyere Echefu
Clinical Education & Academy Partnership
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Robyn Faz
Professional Development Specialist
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center

Jenny Harshman
Manager, Clinical Education
Children’s Health

Adora Lucius
Wound Care/Enterostomal Therapy Department
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Lynsay Malone
Critical Care Clinical Nurse Educator
Texas Health Huguley Fort Worth South

Peggy Mancuso
Associate Dean for Research and Clinical Scholarship/Professor
Texas Woman’s University

Hayley McVay
Clinical Education & Academy Partnership
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Skip Morelock
Administrative Supervisor
Texas Health Presbyterian Plano

Kelly L. Rossler
Assistant Professor
Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing

Kristin L. Scheffer
Nursing Professional Development-Generalist
Baylor University Medical Center

Jordan Schools
Clinical Educator
Children’s Health

Ressie (Nikki) Schwalls
Surgical Services Administration
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Stacy Smith
Senior Director, Integrated Ethics and Conflict Transformation
Children’s Health

Cheryl A. Tucker
Clinical Associate Professor, Level 2 Undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing Coordinator
Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing

Mandy Diane Winkler
Multiple Sclerosis Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Karen Wright
Director of the Center for Nursing Education and Research
Baylor University Medical Center

Leadership

Andrea Ansley
Nurse Manager, Medical-Surgery & Telemetry
Texas Health Plano

Juliemar Atanacio
Manager, Post Anesthesia Care Unit
Medical City Dallas

Lindsay Backschies
Transplant, Colon/Rectal, ENT
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center

Jennifer Bowden
Clinical Manager, Ambulatory Care
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital

Casey Bradfield
Director, Magnet Program
Children’s Health

Joseph Brookshire
Emergency Department/Trauma
Texas Health Dallas

Karen Burgess
Clinic Manager
UT Southwestern Medical Center

W. David Campbell
Vice President, Chief Learning Officer
Children’s Health

Sally Carmen
Clinical Excellence Program Manager
Texas Health Resources

Linda Castleman
Women & Infants Specialty Health Nurse Admin
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Joe Don Cavender
Senior Vice President and Associate Chief Nursing Officer
Children’s Health

Mary Cazzell
Director of Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice
Cook Children’s Medical Center

Nina Costilla
Medical-Surgical
Texas Health Dallas

Cheryl Crittendon-Glaspie
Care Mangement
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Sandipkumar Dhorajiya
GYN-Oncology
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Suzanne Diagle
Observation Unit-Emergency Department
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Shelby Do
Associate Unit Manager Medicine ICU
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Pamela Ford
Women & Infants Specialty Health-Antepartum
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Viji George
Clinical Excellence Program Manager
Texas Health Resources

Michael Hernandez
Nursing Director
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Karen Hollis
Surgical Services-Ortho
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Kelly Ann Hoselton
Advanced Practice Service Manager
Children’s Health

Pat Jackson
Senior Director Infection Prevention
Children’s Health

Ginger King
Director of Acute Care Services
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Alicia Ann Lankford
Labor and Delivery Nurse Manager
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center

Dulce Lopez
Trauma
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Jody Mackling
Manager, Advanced Practice Service
Children’s Health

Dawn Marchetto
Executive Nursing Leadership-Emergency Department
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Karen McCarthy
Director of Clinical Operations
Medical City Frisco

Christopher McLarty
Associate Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Ambulatory Services
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Kathryn Osteen
Clinical Associate Professor: Texas Regional Executive Leader – The Children’s Heart Foundation
Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing

Kristi Owen
Trauma Clinician-Performance Improvement
Texas Health Resources

Sudharshan Pathak
Medicine Specialties
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Napoleon Player II
Director of Nursing Perioperative Services
Texas Health

Alban Rector
Nursing Supervisor
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center

Diana Rich
Perinatal Quality & Safety Nurse
Baylor University Medical Center

Michelle Roberson
Nurse Manager
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Tommy Sawyers
Administrative Chief of Nurse Anesthesiology & Advanced Practice
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Kaye Schmidt
Senior Director
Children’s Health

Christi Smallwood
Nurse Manager
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center

Tabitha South
Assistant Chief Nursing Office
Medical City Plano

Jean Storey
Senior Vice President
Children’s Health

Laura Sweatt
Director of Magnet
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Jeremy Taylor
Director of Trauma & Emergency Services
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Tami Turrubiarte
Clinical Manager
Children’s Health

June Van Hoose
Surgical Services Administration
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Brooks Williams
Director of Nursing, Critical Care Services
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Direct Care

Iris Andrade
Oncology Nurse Navigator
Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas

Jon Kyle Austin
Registered Nurse
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center

Lincy Babu
Registered Nurse
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Megan Barnett
Inpatient Rehabilitation
Medical City Lewisville

Felicia Bessman
Registered Nurse
Baylor Scott & White Medical-Grapevine

Virginia Buschardt
Ambulatory Clinical Support Services
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Kimberly Caldwell
Supervision Burn Clinic/Hyperbaric Oxygen Services
Medical City Plano

Jessica Cooper
Registered Nurse
Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Malia Cover
Registered Nurse
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center

Natalie Creel
Critical Care & Rapid Response
Medical City Plano

Melissa Cunanan
Staff Nurse/ Charge Nurse, Neuro ICU
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Valerie Michelle Duron
Staff Nurse Cardiac Rehabilitation
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano

Lindsey Flores
Registered Nurse/Patient Family Educator
Children’s Health

Mayra Garcia
Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
Children’s Health

Alaana Garris
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Levels Program Manager
Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Rhonda Green
Bluitt-Flowers Health Center
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Coleman G. Hall
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Texas Health Resources Dallas

Allison Harker
Newborn APRNs
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Helen Husbands
Neonatal Intensive Care
Texas Health

Barnabas Kon
Registered Nurse
Texas Health

Sissy “Lane” Kulovitz
Admissions Nurse
Children’s Health

Jodie Lantz
Ventricular Assist Device Clinical Nurse Specialist
Children’s Health

Penny Leatherwood
Women & Infants Specialty Health APP Specialty Clinics
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Manuel Loera
Registered Nurse/Intensive Care Unit
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center

Michael LoSasso
Trauma-Med/SurgIn
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Joy Macaluso
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Children’s Health

Sarah Mackie
Registered Nurse
Baylor Scott & White Hospital-Grapevine

Jennifer Marusich
Patient Safety Specialist
Children’s Health

Stephanie Jane Mather
Day Surgery, Clinical Nurse Leader-Medical Surgical Telemetry
Texas Health Resources Plano

Amy McIntire
Neuroscience Acute Care Unit-Med/SurgIn
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Regina Miller
Staff Nurse
Lewisville ISD

Hector Murillo
Pediatric Intensive Care
Children’s Health

Lexie Nunnenkamp
Registered Nurse
Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital

Jayme Pemberton
Pediatric Air Medical Transport
Children’s Health

Cheryl Pittman
NICU APRNs
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Alma Rivera
Lactation Consultant-Women & Infant Education
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Tomika Rogers
Hospital Nurse Case Manager
VA North Texas Health Care System

Susamma Samuel
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Mary Cathleen Shellnutt
Complex GI Advanced Practice Provider
Medical City Plano

Karla Smith
Faith-centered Family & Mental Health
Hope Speaks

Gwen Spector
Complex Oncology Nurse Navigator
Medical City Plano

John Stevens
Chief Executive Officer/Clinical Director
deNovo Professional Group

Janaki Subramanian
SANE Program Coordinator
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Danny Talanquines Jr.
Registered Nurse
Baylor Scott & White Medical-Carrollton

Garnetta Terry
Cardiovascular Services, Heart & Vascular
Texas Health Presbyterian Plano

Karen Yates
Nurse Clinical Coordinator Chest Pain and EMS
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

The Excellence in Nursing Awards Event

The attendees had the opportunity to mix and mingle at the D Magazine headquarters and received an early peek into the March issue.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make nominations?

Nominations for the 2020 program have closed.

What are the categories?

The categories are Education/Research, Leadership, and Direct Care. The panel reviews the categories each year and ensures we are not leaving out a worthy subsector.

How are winners selected?

Only nominees with a current RN license will be considered. Applications are sent to a panel of multiple esteemed leaders in healthcare (Chief Nursing Officers, nursing educators, and more) for judging. Each panelist scores each application. D Magazine compiles the scores, and the highest in each category are announced as finalists.

When will the winners be announced?

D Magazine will contact winners in December. All winners will be featured in the March 2020 issue of D Magazine.

Where can I get more information?

For program information, contact Aileen Jimenez. For advertising information, contact Kym Rock.

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