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Meet the Great 100

A monthly update of 10 honorees

Each month, ADVANCE will be introducing readers to 10 of the 2010 Great 100 Nurses of Dallas/Fort Worth. Be inspired by their stories and get to know the passion behind each individual's nursing career. To read more about the Great 100 Nurse program, click here, where you'll also find an audio interview with Sandi McDermott, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, president of the Dallas/Fort Worth Great 100 Nurses Inc, and a photo gallery of the 20th anniversary gala.

Stacey Jantzen, BSN, RN, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center
A cath lab nurse at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Stacey Jantzen has exemplified leadership for 14 years. She bridges the gap between staff and management as an in-house PICC line and radiology nurse, according to her nominators. Janzten frequently volunteers to fill vacancies on other units. Her flexibility, dedication, professionalism and positive attitude are exemplary, according to her colleagues.


David Andrews, BSN, RN, CEN, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center
Role model is not a word usely lightly in the Mansfield Medical Center emergency department, but that's just the term nurses on the unit used to describe David Andrews. He smiles often, laughs much and puts patients first. An advocate for patient education, Andrews takes time to listen and make patients smile. He also seeks out best practice processes and heads review teams to determine how or if the process should be implemented. In his spare time, Andrews is an active volunteer and vocal supporter for the Special Olympics. He also volunteers twice monthly at the Helping Hands food bank and continually donates time and financial support to those in need in the community.


Shirley Martin, BSN, RN, CPN, Cook Children's Medical Center
With 21 years in nursing, Shirley Martin is termed a "care warrior" by her colleagues. She leads the charge to discover and apply new nursing knowledge and advocate for the highest quality family-centered care in the post anesthesia care unit as a pediatric nurse. Martin puts her values into action providing excellent bedside care, serving as chair of the evidenced-based practice council in her unit, completing a housewide needlestick pain prevention project as an inaugural Texas Christian University EBP Fellow. Martin was recently awarded a new investigator research grant from the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses for a nursing study on the effect of therapeutic suggestion on pain, nausea, emergence delirium and anxiety in children during light anesthesia.


Bi-Jue Chang, MS, RN, OCN, CCRN, Baylor Regional Medical Center Plano
Bi-Jue Chang began her 30-year-nursing career as an oncology nurse where she currently excels --- not only in her nursing care but also as a role model and supervisor of the oncology unit at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano, her nominators said. Chang does whatever she needs to do to get the job done right and provides only the highest quality care to her patients, officials said. As a member of both Association of Clinical Research Professionals and Oncology Nursing Society, she leads by example and her integrity and work set her apart.


Alice Kern-Kirby, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Baylor Regional Medical Center Plano
Bringing 28 years to her current role as director of critical care at Baylor Plano, Alice Kern-Kirby is charismatic, compassionate and driven to improve patient care, said her nominators. Kern-Kerby is recognized as a role model for her nursing and leadership abilities, serving both her co-workers and patients with dedication. Currently the director of critical care, Kern-Kirby has been with Baylor Plano since its doors opened and has helped pave the way for success, according to officials.


Kristina Cardenas, BSN, RN, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
In just 5 years, Kristina Cardenas has made a name for herself as a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Cardenas has worked alongside some of the best NICU clinicians in the country, with many of these veterans impressed by their young colleague, her nominators said. "She is a critical thinker who strives to use best practices, embracing primary nursing to become attuned to her patient and allowing her to quickly recognize subtle shifts in the baby's condition," one colleague said. Cardenas has been a member of the NICU's professional practice council, as well as a preceptor, a mentor, and member of a select team of nurses who insert and maintain peripherally inserted central catheters on infants.


Veronica Cargo, BSN, RN, CEN, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
With 47 years in nursing, Veronica Cargo has brought her experience to bear as the driving force in the development of the customer service nurse inTexas Health Plano's emergency department. Cargo's dedicated work in this new position has helped increase the department's patient satisfaction scores, while lowering the "left-without-being-seen" rate. She has also served as the department's Magnet champion. Cargo is known for caring for the patient as a whole person - physically, mentally and spiritually. She believes the Great 100 Nurses recognition is not just for her, but for the entire nursing profession and the thousands of other nurses in the region who daily care for their patients.


Cathy Dyke, MS, BSN, RN, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
After more than 30 years in nursing administrative and management roles, Cathy Dyke made the decision to return to patient care, having started her career in the surgical/trauma intensive care unit and emergency department. Now a staff nurse in Texas Health Plano's NICU, she calls it the best decision she's ever made. Colleagues note that, as a role model, Dyke sets ambitious goals for herself and the nursing staff, setting the example with a positive attitude. She believes in giving back to others and is always the first to volunteer for a humanitarian cause.


Janice Jackson, BSN, RN, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Janice Jackson has been a dedicated nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas for 35 years. On the post anesthesia care unit (PACU), Jackson is known as an efficient charge nurse adept at managing the flow of patients while ensuring the needs of each individual are met. The respect colleagues have for Jackson is obvious: she's been asked to be a member of several leadership committees throughout Texas Health Resources for her clinical expertise, leadership qualities and problem-solving skills. She has previously been recognized as "RN of the Year" for surgical services. As one colleague said, "Our unit has many long-tenured employees because of the clinical expertise and enjoyment gained by working with Janice on a daily basis."


Paula Miller, BSN, RN, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
A nurse for 10 years at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Paula Miller claims to have seen every inch of the hospital as a member of the float pool early in her career. But it's her last 4 years as a clinical education coordinator in patient care resources where she has made the biggest difference. As an educator and orientation coordinator for more than 350 nurses a year, Miller is able to astutely identify the strengths and weaknesses of each RN and help her develop skills to get the job done. She has embraced the concept of individual accountability for lifelong learning and models this behavior for other nurses at Texas Health Dallas.

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