D Magazine Presents

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. D Magazine‘s annual Excellence in Nursing Awards is the perfect opportunity to publicly recognize a nurse you see healing North Texas with skill and spirit.

Medical professionals and patients alike are invited to submit nomination for a registered nurse that is making a difference.

Winners will be featured in the March 2022 issue of D Magazine.

Nominations Closed

Nominations for next year's program will open September 2022.

The Process

STEP 1

+ NOMINATIONS

D Magazine contacts local hospitals, doctors, nursing organizations, and patients and asks them to visit our website to nominate outstanding nurses. We ask nominators to answer three questions regarding how the nurses affected their lives, community, and professions.

STEP 2

+ VETTING PROCESS

The editors consider every nominee submitted, and cull the list down to select the best nominees in each category.

The staff does not count:

  • Self-nominations
  • Nominees outside of our geographic boundaries (view here)

STEP 3

+ INDEPENDENT PANEL REVIEW

The nominees selected by the editors are then sent to a panel of esteemed registered nurses in various fields to make final selections. The panel members do not judge those they work with directly. The panel changes periodically to ensure consideration is impartial.

D Magazine editors finalize the list by verifying each nurse’s:

  • Nursing license
  • Disciplinary status

STEP 4

+ NOTIFICATION

We mail and email congratulation letters to the Best Nurses in Dallas.

After notification, our sales team is allowed to view the list and offer advertising opportunities to winners.

We play fair:

  • Advertising dollars have zero impact on the creation of this list.
  • Best Nurses are featured in our March issue and marked as a Best in our online directory whether they advertise or not.

Congratulations to our 2021 Excellence in Nursing Winners.

Education/Research

Maxine Adegbola
NPD Specialist
Methodist Richardson Medical Center

Sharon Blackerby
Director of Magnet, Nursing Education & Professional Development
Methodist Richardson Medical Center

Katherine Bloodgood
Associate Manager of Nurse Residency: Neonatal ICU
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Kirbie Laken Haynie
Nephrology Staff Development and Patient Educator
Children’s Health

Julia Hesler
Clinical Educator
Children’s Health

Iris Hobson
Educator, Family Nurse Practitioner
Chicago School of Psychology, College of Nursing and Advance Health Professions

Rebecca Keele  
Professor
Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing

Karrie Lawson  
Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator
Medical City Dallas

Mikyoung A. Lee    
Associate Director of PhD Program and Associate Professor
Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing

DaiWai Olson   
Professor of Neurology
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Martha Shaw    
Clinical Educator
Children’s Health

Emily Snyder     
Burn Educator
Medical City Plano

Krisana Tipton  
Nurse Educator
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Beena Varghese             
Senior Nurse Educator
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Kimm Wright    
Nursing Program Coordinator
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Leadership

Brianna Abramson      
Nurse Manager
Medical City Dallas

Charity Ballmann  
Nurse Manager
Medical City Plano

Brittni Barnhardt           
Director of Surgical Services and Operating Room
Medical City Frisco

Elsia Basadre Tio            
Nursing Administrative Supervisor
Baylor University Medical Center

Angela Bazzell  
Assistant Director, Advanced Practice Providers
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Joyce Bernardo-Uhlmer
Director of Acute Care Services
Medical City Dallas

Joshua Bourgeois           
Vice President and Associate Chief Nursing Officer
Children’s Health

Jennifer Campbell          
Nurse Manager
Texas Health Dallas

Diana Cardwell 
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Children’s Health

Molly Case        
Director of Virtual Care
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Juanita Chism   
Director of Nursing
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Tamika Christman          
Nurse Manager
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Kimberly Collier
Director of Surgical Services, Outpatient Surgery Center and Endoscopy Services
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Joyce T. Davis   
Nurse Consultant
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Natalie Denson
Senior Director Acute Care Services
Children’s Health

Dolores Diaz     
Nurse Manager
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Amanda Faggart         
Director of Women’s and Children’s Services
Medical City McKinney

Nora Frasier 
Vice President Nursing/CNO
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Laura Garner    
Burn Quality Coordinator
Medical City Plano

Judy Herrington
Senior Vice President Nursing Services, Medicine & Neuroscience Division
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Jodi Lipps          
Surgical Services Assistant Nurse Manager
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Donna Morehead          
Nurse Manager
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Irving

Julie Norris     
Nursing Manager
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Stephanie Novak            
Nurse Manager
Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Charles Okpara
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Interim Manager Oncology/Infusion Clinic
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Sandra O’Rear  
Acute Dialysis Unit Manager
Parkland Health & Hospital System

McKenzie Pedigo            
Registered Nurse Administrative Supervisor
Children’s Health

Amanda Pitt      
Magnet Program Manager
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Russell Reed     
Chief Nursing Officer
Medical City Green Oaks

Chelsea Reynolds
Clinical Manager
Children’s Health

Sherry Reynolds             
Director of Surgical Services
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Plano

Priyadarsini Somanchi  
Orthopedics and Joint Restoration Unit Manager
Medical City Dallas

Joyce Soule       
Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive
Medical City Dallas

Suzanne Stone 
Stroke Program Manager
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Kristen Sumrall
Burn Trauma ICU Manager
Medical City Plano

Laura Sweatt 
Director of Magnet
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Jessica Tramp   
Manger of Medical-Surgical and Telemetry
Medical City McKinney

Rebecca Tutt    
Director, Ambulatory Nursing
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Kathryn Ufolla  
Director of Nursing Critical Care Services
Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Brooks Williams
Director of Nursing
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Debbie Wilson-Lewis    
Registered Nurse
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Direct Care

Rachel Akins
Adolescent & Young Adult Women’s Health Nurse
Children’s Health

Angela Allain
Registered Nurse Care Coordinator
Children’s Health

Maria Alvarez
Registered Nurse
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Tiffany Au
Certified Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse
Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Lylia Baca
Registered Nurse
Medical City Dallas

Noel Beboso
Staff Nurse
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Lauren Bereuter
Critical Care Nurse Practitioner
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Felicia Berno
Ambulatory Triage Nurse
UT Southwestern Medical Center

April Berry
Transplant Coordinator
Children’s Health

Nicole Bessinger
Registered Nurse Care Coordinator
Children’s Health

Rhyan Brown
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Michael Busch
Critical Care and Trauma Registered Nurse
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Kaelea Butterfield
Nurse Supervisor
Medical City Dallas

Linda Bynum
Registered Nurse
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Kimberly Cline-Walker
ICU Clinical Team Lead and ICU Nurse
Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Alexa Coldewey
Nurse Navigator
Children’s Health

Chacey Cunningham
Registered Nurse
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Heather Degraffenreid
Registered Nurse, Float Pool
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Elia Esquivel
RN Care Coordinator
Children’s Health

Sara Gray
Registered Nurse
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Jesse Harper-Tarantolo
Registered Nurse
Children’s Health

Akhere Isenalumhe
Registered Nurse
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Tairat Jaji
Registered Nurse
Medical City Dallas

Jennifer Kaplan
Neurosciences Nurse Practitioner
Texas Health Plano

Kirandeep Kaur
Registered Nurse
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Lauren Kennedy
Perinatal Program Manager
Medical City Dallas

Joshua Lamb
Staff Nurse
Methodist Richardson Medical Center

Patricia Lee
Staff Nurse
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Madison Lowrance
Registered Nurse
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Elena Lucas
Ambulatory Registered Nurse
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Alexandra Luttrell
Staff Nurse
Methodist Richardson Medical Center

Daizy Mathai
Registered Nurse, Lactation Consultant
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Paul Mayombola
Nurse Practitioner
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center

Rhonda McGuire
Registered Nurse, Facility Administrator
Trusted ER

Sarah Wilson McNeil
Registered Nurse
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Aubrey Merrill
Oncology Coordinator
Medical City Plano

Trenton Mobley
Registered Nurse
Baylor University Medical Center

Jowanna Moffitt         
Registered Nurse
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Mary Moore
Registered Nurse
Dallas Independent School District

Edith Muñoz
Registered Nurse Care Manager/Health Coach
Baylor Scott & White Health

Teresa Ortiz
Resource Team Staff Nurse
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Cecily Pareja
Registered Nurse Medical Surgical 7S COVID
Medical City Dallas

Sabitha Purayil
Assistant Nurse Manager
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Marilen Ramos
Hemodialysis Nurse Supervisor
Medical City Dallas

Laura Restall
Lead Kidney Transplant Coordinator
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Shirley Roberts
Clinic Nurse Manager
GRACE

Corey Robnett
Registered Nurse Pediatrics
Medical City Dallas

Linda Saklevedis
Registered Nurse
Texas Health Dallas

Thu Nguyet Sanadi
Intensive Care Unit and Critical Care Registered Nurse
VA Dallas Medical Center

Kevin Schroeder
Clinical Team Lead Emergency Department
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Lindsey Segura
Renal Transplant Unit Supervisor
Medical City Dallas

Josette Stegmair
Registered Nurse
Children’s Health

Lanie Sutton
Registered Nurse
John Burns, MD, PA

Debbie Thompson
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Kelly Ann Williams
Senior Director of Pediatrics
Trusted Medical

Autumn Wood
Emergency Department Clinical Nurse Supervisor
Medical City McKinney

Mackenzie Wood
Registered Nurse
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Elena Wurtz
Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Nurse Practitioner
Medical City Dallas

Shona Zachariah
Registered Nurse
Parkland Health & Hospital System

FAQ

How do I make nominations?

Nominations submissions can be made online at https://www.dmagazine.com/assets/nomination-forms/excellence-in-nursing/ when the nomination period is open.

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?

The D Magazine editorial team contact winners directly. All winners will be featured in the March issue of D Magazine.

Where can I get more information?

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