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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.

Patti Joliet, RNC, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford (HEB)
A natural leader in Texas Health HEB's labor and deliver unit, Patti Joliet's passion throughout her 31-year career has been helping people in need. Her consistent leadership ability helps Joliet stand out in her unit, with her co-workers looking to her for guidance when needed. While today's medical and information technology provide significant benefits in patient care, Joliet believes the need remains to keep nursing on a personal level with people taking care of people. Just as when she started her nursing journey, Joliet is gratified when she is able to make a difference in someone's life in their time of need.


Carmen Livingston, BSN, RN, CCRN, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Carmen Livingston is recognized because of her leadership in making her unit and hospital a better place for both her patients and co-workers. As a cardiovascular ICU nurse at Texas Health Fort Worth, she consistently shows compassion for those under her care. To meet a patient's dying wish to not die in a hospital building, for example, Livingston took the time to arrange for withdrawal of life support with the patient in the hospital's meditation garden, surrounded by family. Her professional inspiration is her mother, a nurse who always displayed compassion with her own patients.


Abby McConathy, BSN, RN, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Growing up in a family where the children were encouraged to earn a college education, Abby McConathy was inspired by her sister's stories of her nursing work. She jumped into the profession and well remembers the appreciation shown by her first patients in nursing clinical. McConathy is known as a servant leader and an exemplary clinician in her role as a med/surg nursing supervisor. McConathy has a patient-centric approach to her care and her clinical decision-making. Through 32 years in nursing, she has never looked back and cannot imagine pursuing another career.


LaDonna McKee, BSN, RN, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital CleburneA compassionate caregiver by nature, LaDonna McKee has always wanted to be a nurse. Known for making a nursing difference every day of her 29-year nursing career, McKee serves as an exceptional clinical role model. Long regarded as the "go-to" person for staff and physicians in the Texas Health Cleburne operating room, she was recently promoted to OR supervisor. Always interested in helping her fellow caregivers, McKee is innovative at finding ways for staff members in rural areas to better access professional meetings. McKee gives generously of her time and resources to the community.


Erin Munoz, BSN, RN, CPAN, LMT, CCAP-I, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Erin Munoz serves as a preceptor, mentor and charge nurse in the ICU at Texas Health Fort Worth. As a certified clinical aromatherapy practitioner, she promotes the use of complementary techniques that enhance traditional medical treatments for patients. She also teaches clinical aromatherapy to healthcare professionals at the hospital. A consummate caregiver, Munoz has volunteered for 4 years to care for surgical and postop patients in Guatemala with Helps International. Since the age of 15, Munoz believes nurses wear many hats - caregiver, teacher, advocate and friend - as they make a difference in patients' lives.


Susan Duboskas, BSN, RN, HCA North Hills Hospital
With 32 years in nursing, Susan Duboskas serves as the assistant director of critical care/CV services for HCA North Hills Hospital in North Richland Hills. Duboskas is a graduate of the Texas Christian University Harris College of Nursing Evidence-Based Practice Fellowship, and is an advanced cardiac life support instructor. She is a member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the facility's "Code Blue" committee, Nurse Executive Council and the Leadership Advisory Group. Duboskas' love of nursing began as a young girl who needed sutures in her leg and who was cared for by an emergency department nurse who let her wear her nurse's cap, and told her that she would one day have her own.


Clint Magee, BSN, RN, HCA North Hills Hospital
As the director of PCU, Clint Magee brings 14 years of nursing to his position at HCA North Hills Hospital in North Richland Hills. Since moving from Canada upon graduation, Magee has worked his way up the nursing ladder from charge nurse and nursing supervisor to director. With HCA his entire career, Magee has gained experience in education and at the bedside, and assisted in the hurricane Katrina relief effort. Magee is chair of the facility's "Code Blue" committee as well as the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems pain committee. He chose the nursing profession after his mother was involved in a motor vehicle accident, and was able to recover thanks to a very caring nursing staff. Magee wrote, "The impact of that event and the care provided showed me where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do when I grew up."


Lynette Montalbano, RN, HCA North Hills Hospital
With 9 years of nursing, Lynette Montalbano serves in the cardiovascular specialty unit at HCA North Hills Hospital in North Richland Hills. Montalbano has been an active charge nurse on the unit and has achieved the respect of her peers. On a daily basis, she challenges herself to make a positive impact on the patients she cares for, thus changing their lives forever. Montalbano is active in various organizations and enjoys the satisfaction of constantly learning new things and applying them in her career.


Jan Guinn-Pigg, BSN, RN, HCA North Hills Hospital
Jan Guinn-Pigg is the manager of acute inpatient rehab for HCA North Hills Hospital in North Richland Hills where she applies her 26 years of nursing experience. Guinn-Pigg said her greatest achievements comes from her 20 years in hospice nursing, She also worked 12 years as a lab tech, but realized she missed the interaction of helping patients and their families. Guinn-Pigg is a member of the Association of Rehab Nurses and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.


Darryl Perkins, BSN, ADN, CCRN, HCA North Hills Hospital
With 13 years in nursing, Darryl Perkins is the unit supervisor for the CCU at HCA North Hills Hospital, North Richland Hills. After working in the bakery business for 13 years, Perkins decided to pursue the field of nursing at the encouragement of his family. He enjoys learning to care for the post-cardiovascular surgery patients. Perkins earned his CCRN in 2003 and returned to school in 2008 to earn his BSN. He has worked his way up the nursing ladder from shift nurse and charge nurse to unit supervisor. He is currently a member of American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.  

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