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Baylor Scott & White nursing will make a difference in the world by pursuing excellence boldly, transforming nursing through leadership, advocacy, innovation, lifelong learning and unwavering compassion in partnership with the patients, colleagues, and communities we serve.
“A great reminder of why I chose to become a nurse"
“The vision depicts our nursing staff and the goals we want to achieve"
“Nursing is on the map! A nurse wears many different hats and we have a major impact on others’ lives"
“Gives us strength, ownership, and direction"
“Lifelong learning is necessary for us to be competent to make a difference in the world"
“Live the vision and work with a purpose"
“Nurses are planning and willing to work toward excellence in every aspect of communities we serve"
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What nurses across the system are saying about the BSWH nursing vision
“We are here leading the way for our patients in every way possible"
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Advanced Practice
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Patient Testimonials (BSWH McKinney)
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Reducing CLABSI
Interdisciplinary care plan
Blood glucose management projects
Patient Kathryn Keuhn returns to Plano ICU
Calvinette, BSWH Temple Memorial
Gloria, BSWH, Grapevine
BUMC Dallas
BSWH Hillcrest Medical Center
Calvinette, BSWH Temple Memorial
Calvinette, BSWH, Temple Memorial
A dying patient wished to be Baptized by immersion, and Calvinette was determined to make this happen.  She stayed after work, collaborating with facilities staff and environmental services to locate two old PT whirlpools in the basement of the hospital. Together, they disinfected the tub, and ran hoses with warm water so the patient would be comfortable.  They rearranged furniture to allow the patient and family access.  The oncology nursing staff prepared the patient for transport, and moved him from the 8th floor of the hospital to the basement.  The patient was Baptized according to his wishes. On completion of the Baptism, the patient stated he had not “felt this good in a long time”.  The patient has since gone home on hospice.  This is unwavering compassion!
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A dying patient wished to be Baptized by immersion, and Calvinette was determined to make this happen.  She stayed after work, collaborating with facilities staff and environmental services to locate two old PT whirlpools in the basement of the hospital.  Together, they disinfected the tub, and ran hoses with warm water so the patient would be comfortable.  They rearranged furniture to allow the patient and family access.  The oncology nursing staff prepared the patient for transport, and moved him from the 8th floor of the hospital to the basement.  The patient was Baptized according to his wishes. On completion of the Baptism, the patient stated he had not “felt this good in a long time”.  The patient has since gone home on hospice.  This is unwavering compassion!
Texas Christian University Evidence Based Practice Fellowship
Katrina
Binsey
Baylor Regional Medical Center, Plano
BSWH nurses who have completed the TCU fellowship (click HERE to learn about their projects).
Gustavo
Binsey, Baylor Regional Medical Center, Plano
Gustavo, Baylor Regional Medical Center, Plano
Katrina, Baylor Regional Medical Center, Plano
Rhonda was on vacation with her husband in Cozumel, Mexico when a small blister on her foot rapidly progressed to foot swelling, redness, and sepsis.  On return to Texas, Rhonda was admitted to Baylor Grapevine where stat orders were received and implemented.  Rhonda’s husband was highly impressed with the swift, coordinated care that Rhonda received. BUT, it was the compassionate care exhibited by Gloria and others in the team that blew Rhonda’s husband away!  The family could not express enough the compassionate care that was delivered by the nursing personnel at Grapevine! 
Rhonda was on vacation with her husband in Cozumel, Mexico when a small blister on her foot rapidly progressed to foot swelling, redness, and sepsis.  On return to Texas, Rhonda was admitted to Baylor Grapevine where stat orders were received and implemented.  Rhonda’s husband was highly impressed with the swift, coordinated care that Rhonda received.  BUT, it was the compassionate care exhibited by Gloria and others in the team that blew Rhonda’s husband away!  The family could not express enough the compassionate care that was delivered by the nursing personnel at Grapevine! 
Rhonda was on vacation with her husband in Cozumel, Mexico when a small blister on her foot rapidly progressed to foot swelling, redness, and sepsis. On return to Texas, Rhonda was admitted to Baylor Grapevine where stat orders were received and implemented.  Rhonda’s husband was highly impressed with the swift, coordinated care that Rhonda received.  BUT, it was the compassionate care exhibited by Gloria and others in the team that blew Rhonda’s husband away!  The family could not express enough the compassionate care that was delivered by the nursing personnel at Grapevine! 
A year ago Kathryn Keuhn was in the Plano ICU fighting for her life.  She spent 76 days in the hospital fighting sepsis and organ failure, ultimately losing her feet and hands. Months of rehabilitation followed.  Kathryn’s survival was the result of partnerships amongst healthcare workers, patient, and family. As partners in care we make tremendous differences in peoples’ lives both during, and long after, care is received.  Kathryn’s story was featured in a local news channel and may be accessed here
A year ago Kathryn Keuhn was in the Plano ICU fighting for her life. She spent 76 days in the hospital fighting sepsis and organ failure, ultimately losing her feet and hands.  Months of rehabilitation followed. Kathryn’s survival was the result of partnerships amongst healthcare workers, patient, and family. As partners in care we make tremendous differences in peoples’ lives both during, and long after, care is received.  Kathryn’s story was featured in a local news channel and may be accessed here
A year ago Kathryn Keuhn was in the Plano ICU fighting for her life.  She spent 76 days in the hospital fighting sepsis and organ failure, ultimately losing her feet and hands.  Months of rehabilitation followed.  Kathryn’s survival was the result of partnerships amongst healthcare workers, patient, and family. As partners in care we make tremendous differences in peoples’ lives both during, and long after, care is received. Kathryn’s story was featured in a local news channel and may be accessed here
Kristin Geist, MSN, RN, CDE Baylor All Saints, Ft. Worth
Hypoglycemia can be a contributing cause to other events in the hospital such as falls, seizures and even death. The certified diabetes educator (CDE) made an education module for all nursing and PCT staff to complete within 60 days of distribution. The module utilized YouTube for the teaching material and the learning platform ed.ted.com to include objectives and assessment questions.  EndFragment
Here is the link to Kristin’s module
Hypoglycemia can be a contributing cause to other events in the hospital such as falls, seizures and even death. There seem to be many barriers that contribute to the hypoglycemic problems in the adult population of Baylor All Saints Medical Center, such as lack of communication with the nurse techs (PCTs) and the nurses, lack of knowledge of when to treat a hypoglycemic event, and what to treat it with along with other issues such as tray delivery time and insulin timing. The certified diabetes educator (CDE) made an education module for all nursing and PCT staff to complete within 60 days of distribution. The module utilized YouTube for the teaching material and the learning platform ed.ted.com to include objectives and assessment questions.  EndFragment
“Nursing research improves the quality of nursing care through the generation, utilization, and advancement of a scientific knowledge base for nursing practice so that our practice is based on science"
Jamie Sodek, BSN, RN BSWH Temple examined the impact of standardization of central line nursing care. Results showed a decrease in CLABSI rates. This study was instrumental in establishing a focus on CLABSI prevention for nursing staff at all levels.
Alaina Tellson,  RN-BC, BSN, PhDc, and Eram Samuels, BSN, RN, NE-BC from The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, conducted a multi-site study to examine bacterial load on jeweled and non-jeweled rings worn by healthcare workers in hospitals. Jeweled rings were harbored a significantly higher bacterial load load than non-jeweled rings. 
Jamie Sodek, BSN, RN staff nurse at Baylor Scott & White Health Temple conducted a research study examining the impact of standardization of central line nursing care. Results showed a decrease in CLABSI rates, but no firm conclusions were drawn. This study was instrumental in establishing a focus on CLABSI prevention for nursing staff at all levels and has resulted in improved care delivery for our patients. 
Alaina Tellson,  RN-BC, BSN, PhD Candidate, and Eram Samuels, BSN, RN, NE-BC from The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, conducted a multi-site study to examine bacterial load on both jeweled and non-jeweled rings worn by healthcare workers in hospital settings.  A total of 144 rings were cultured from the 6 sites in the study. Jeweled rings were shown to harbor a significantly higher bacterial load and higher harmful bacterial load than non-jeweled rings. Based on the findings, the study was replicated in additional areas within and outside of BSWH with similar results.  
Our libraries are for EVERYONE!
Your medical library will provide reliable, robust information to back up evidence based practice. Wiki-whatever isn’t what you want to give to Joint Commission.
Libraries save you money! Everything we do for you is FREE!
Librarians search databases for you, or we can teach you to how use them.
Partnerships with Colleagues
Libraries save you TIME! 
We get articles for you!
Libraries make you look smarter!
(On campus link)
Both North and Central regions have online access
We know our products!  We know the right databases to use!  We have apps for your phones!
Links:
BHS Library
Jeff Swindoll, BSWH Librarian, CTX,  explains library services offered at BSWH
R.D. Haines Library
Librarians search databases for you, or we can teach you how to use them.
Libraries search databases for you, or we can teach you to use them.
Advanced Degrees Online
Click below for information on online degrees
Nicole, BSWH Plano
Nicole started at Baylor Regional Medical Center, Plano in 2009 as a student. Upon graduation from her ADN program she was hired full time and became a certified nurse.  Next she completed both her BSN and MSN degrees. She is currently the supervisor on the orthopedic unit.  Ongoing learning = opportunity and growth!
Nicole started at Baylor Regional Medical Center, Plano in 2009 as a student. Upon graduation from her ADN program she was hired full time and took advantage of the certification review course offered at her hospital. She became a certified nurse.  Next she took advantage of the tuition reimbursement program to complete both her BSN and MSN degrees. She served as Chair of the Staff Nurse Council, and is currently the supervisor on the orthopedic unit.  Ongoing learning = opportunity and growth!
Click below for more information on online degrees
Nicole, MSN, RN, ONC, BSWH Plano
Donna Montgomery, VP Nursing Informatics & Clinical Excellence North Division talks about how nursing informatics supports evidence based nursing at the point of care.
Dianne was admitted to Baylor Mckinney with acute myocardial infarction.  A stent was placed restoring blood flow to her heart. “I was so fortunate I was here. Every day is a gift."
Emily was in a car accident, fracturing her wrist in 6 places. Her wrist was surgically repaired, then she went through weeks of rehab.  “Everyone really cared about me. Now I’m teaching flute and doing what I want in life."
Josh had been taking over the counter medication for heartburn about 10 times a day. After nearly a decade of discomfort he was diagnosed with GERD, and now takes 1 medication daily. “I just feel so much better."
Brenda had bilateral hip replacement at Baylor McKinney.  It was life-changing for her.  “It’s like having my life back. I will be forever grateful."
Paul went to Baylor McKinney with dizzy spells.  A suspicious growth showed up on his MRI.  Following neurosurgery Paul stated, “I’m back to normal, my trust in the care provided was well placed!"
When Rebecca found out she had breast cancer it hit her hard.  She decided to fight back with the help of the healthcare team at BSWH.  Now with cancer behind her she feels more empowered than ever!
Richard was having recurring stomach problems, and received diagnostic tests at Baylor McKinney.  He was diagnosed with Chrohn’s disease, and following medical treatment and diet modifications he is back to his usual active lifestyle!
The Caver twins were born 10 weeks early and weighing less than 4 pounds. They were admitted to Baylor McKinney’s NICU.  “The NICU nurses became our best friends and family."
Charlie was admitted to Baylor McKinney with chest pain and 80% blockage of the main artery to his heart. After receiving a stent Charlie said, “Baylor has the best reputation and went the extra mile to make certain I would have a future."
Josh had been taking over the counter medication for heartburn about 10 times a day. After nearly a decade of discomfort he was diagnosed with GERD, and now takes 1 medication daily. “I just feel so much better."
Institute of Medicine. (2010). The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health.
"Transforming healthcare so that it is high quality, evidence based, accessible to all, will require remodeling of our system.  It is recommended that nurses practice to the full extent of thier education and training, that nursing education be improved,  and that opportunities for nurses to assume leadership positions as full partners in health care redesign be provided…."
"Transforming healthcare so that it is high quality, evidence based, accessible to all, will require remodeling of our system.  It is recommended that nurses practice to the full extent of thier education and training, that nursing education be improved, and that opportunities for nurses to assume leadership positions as full partners in health care redesign be provided…."
We are a brand new BSWH department offering free ongoing learning to our employees in an online environment. We have clinical eLearning modules on numerous topics, Apps, iBooks, and more.  Our offerings are multidisciplinary and include both licensed and unlicensed personnel. Check us out HERE
The Center for Clinical & Patient Learning
Laurel Pilkington, MSN, RN, Kelly Horn, MSN, RN, and Phyllis Tipton, PhD, RN, Scott & White Health, Temple conducted a research study examining components, motivators, and barriers to professional development. Continuing education and specialty certification were top ranked components. Motivators were to improve patient care, personal fulfillment, and to extend clinical role. Barriers were family commitments and finances. Of note, nurses ranked increased knowledge base to improve patient care as the highest motivator for professional development! This underscores the innate desire of nurses to deliver high quality patient care. 
What motivates us to keep learning?
We are a brand new BSWH department offering ongoing learning in an online environment.  We have clinical eLearning modules on numerous topics, Apps, iBooks, and more.  Our offerings are multidisciplinary and include both licensed and unlicensed personnel. Check us out HERE
Laurel Pilkington, MSN, RN, Kelly Horn, MSN, RN, and Phyllis Tipton, PhD, RN, Scott & White Health, Temple conducted research examining components, motivators, and barriers to professional development. Continuing education and specialty certification were top ranked components. Motivators were to improve patient care, personal fulfillment, and to extend clinical role. Barriers were family commitments and finances. Nurses ranked increased knowledge base to improve patient care as the highest motivator for professional development! 
We are a brand new BSWH department offering ongoing learning in an online environment.  Check us out HERE
Katrina compared nurse satisfaction on her floor with having a dedicated admission nurse versus the primary nurse do the admission. Findings showed decreased FTE costs, increased staff satisfaction, and lower staff stress levels.  
Gustavo, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNRN  
Binsey, BSN, RN, CCRN 
Gustavo explored the effect of a formal education program on nurses’ perceptions about open visitation in the ICU. Results of the project showed marked improvement in several areas, including family preparedness to deal with the ICU environment.
Katrina, BSN, RN ONC
Binsey looked at the effect of a pre-op teaching program on patients’ perception of  information of their post-op course.  Patient feedback showed an increase in understanding of discharge teaching, and a significant improvement in patient satisfaction scores!
Katrina, BSN, RN ONC Baylor Regional Medical Center, Plano
Binsey looked at the effect of a pre-op teaching program on patients’ perception of adequate information of their post-op course.  The day surgery nurses were educated using a variety of teaching strategies.  Patient feedback showed an increase in understanding of discharge teaching, and a significant improvement in patient satisfaction scores!
Binsey, BSN, RN, CCRN Baylor Regional Medical Center, Plano
Gustavo explored the effect of a formal education program on nurses’ perceptions about open visitation in the ICU. Results of the project showed marked improvement in several areas, including increased agreement that family presence provided more information about the patient and increased family preparedness to deal with the ICU environment. 
Gustavo, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNRN,  Baylor Regional Medical Center, Plano
Katrina, BSN, RN, ONC Baylor Regional Medical Center, Plano
Binsey looked at the effect of a pre-op teaching program on patients’ perception of adequate information of their post-op course.  The day surgery nurses were educated using a variety of teaching strategies. Patient feedback showed an increase in understanding of discharge teaching, and a significant improvement in patient satisfaction scores!
Irving Prengler, M.D., MBA Chief Medical Officer- North Texas/ Executive VP, BSWH.
Physician Colleagues
Baylor has a long history of excellence in nursing care, nursing innovation, and nursing academics. This has been one of the major factors for our success and excellent outcomes and will be for Baylor Scott & White in the future. There is a strong partnership between our nurses and physicians that results in the compassionate patient centered care our patients receive. 
Bob Pryor, M.D., President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Medical Officer, BSWH
Baylor has a long history of excellence in nursing care, nursing innovation, and nursing academics. This has been one of the major factors for our success and excellent outcomes and will be for Baylor Scott & White in the future. There is a strong partnership between our nurses and physicians that results in the compassionate patient centered care our patients receive. 
Kristi, MS, BSN, RNC-NIC and Ruth BSN, RNC-NIC served as co-chairs with March of Dimes for Babies initiative. They raise funds to educate community awareness of the effects of premature delivery. Together, they raised $14,000 towards community education!  For more information click HERE.
Community Outreach: Baylor All Saints, Ft. Worth
Nora Robinson, BSN, RNC-OB raises awareness of sex trafficking of minors in the USA. She has presented in multiple community arenas for the public and healthcare providers. 
Nora Robinson, BSN, RNC-OB raises awareness of sex trafficking of minors in the USA. She has presented in multiple community arenas for the public and healthcare providers. Her focus included educating communities on emotional, behavioral, and verbal cues of minor sex trafficking.  She also helps identify community resources available. 
Kristi, MS, BSN, RNC-NIC and Ruth BSN, RNC-NIC served as co-chairs with March of Dimes for Babies initiative. They raise funds to educate community awareness of the effects of premature delivery. Focus is also placed on prevention of premature births. Together, they raised $14,000 towards community education!  For more information click HERE.
Bria Hollingsworth, BSN, RN, CCRN, staff nurse at Baylor Regional Medical Center Plano developed an innovative strategy using legos to teach nurses about basal bolus insulin administration.  The results succeeded in reducing rates of hypoglycemia in patients! 
D’Ann Orr, MSN, RN, CHTS-CP, CCRP and Laurie Herzer, MPH, BSN, RN, OCN, Scott & White Memorial, Temple worked with an outside vendor to develop improved care plans for their patients.  Their goal was to increase usage of the care plans, and streamline the content. Interdisciplinary boot camps were held following care plan redesign. Outcomes demonstrated increased care plan usage by health professionals, hopefully helping nurses deliver consistent, evidence based care to patients.  
Tony, MSN, RN, CNS & Laurie MPH, RN, OCN, Scott & White Temple
Tony and Laurie compared nursing students’ to nursing staffs’ perception of the students’ clinical experience. Two key implications for practice were identified: Communication between nursing schools, nursing staff, and students is essential, and education for staff may increase motivation to teach.  
Patty conducted research on breastfeeding outcomes following bariatric surgery.  Findings suggested breastfeeding exclusively post bariatric surgery may be challenging on a long term basis. Recommendations for more in depth counseling regarding surgery for women of childbearing age considering breast feeding, as well as referrals to high risk prenatal clinic to address supplemental needs were made. 
Patty Caplinger, BSN, RN, IBCLC, Scott & White Temple
Patty Caplinger, BSN, RN, IBCLC, Scott & White Temple conducted a research study on breastfeeding outcomes following bariatric surgery.  Study findings suggested breastfeeding exclusively post bariatric surgery may be challenging on a long term basis. Recommendations for more in depth counseling regarding surgery for women of childbearing age considering breast feeding, as well as referrals to high risk prenatal clinic to address supplemental needs were made. Advocating for both mother and baby!
Tony Woodard, MSN, RN, CNS, and Laurie Herzer, MPH, RN, OCN, Scott & White Temple, compared nursing students’ to nursing staffs’ perception of the nursing students’ clinical learning experience. Two key implications for practice were identified: Communication between nursing schools, nursing staff, and students is essential, and education for nursing staff may increase motivation to teach.  Advocating for nursing professionals!
The L&D unit at Baylor All Saints, Ft. Worth had increased cesarean rates due to maternal tachysystole. To improve outcomes of mother and baby, Lauren M., BSN, RNC-OB, Candon G., BSN, RNC-OB, and Courtney S., MSN, RNS-OB did an ASPIRE project. The result was a pitocin checklist to standardize practice on the use of this medication to augment labor. Results demonstrated a decrease in tachysystole rates.
Haley Hardt, ED RN at BSWH McLane Children’s hospital completed her wound ostomy certification so that she can advocate for her patients. Haley has a colostomy and works with children living with a colostomy.  She shares her personal experiences with these children to help them.  Haley is also a recipient of the Daisy Award! 
The L&D unit at Baylor All Saints, Ft. Worth had increased cesarean rates due to maternal tachysystole. To improve outcomes of mother and baby, Lauren Mazac, BSN, RNC-OB, Candon Garbo, BSN, RNC-OB, and Courtney Sundin, MSN, RNS-OB completed an ASPIRE project, the result of which was a multidisciplinary approved pitocin checklist to standardize practice on the use of this medication to augment labor. Post implementation data was collected, and results demonstrated a decrease in tachysystole rates.
Kristine DeButy, BSN, RNC-OB Nurse Manager, Labor & Delivery, BUMC
My goal is to foster a trusting relationship with all members of the healthcare team, help them develop their full potential and perform at the highest level possible.  I lead by example. Staff is expected to use the most current evidence based practice, and encouraged to develop innovative strategies that increase patient quality, safety, and satisfaction.
Being an educator at BSWH means that I have the ability to influence nurses from across the healthcare system to provide the best nursing care to our patients. I am able to help guide, develop, and mentor our new nurses through the beginning of their career, which is the most rewarding job I have found. 
April Rhoads, MBA-HCM, BSN, RN-BC, Center for Nursing Education and Research, BUMC 
April Rhoads, MBA-HCM, BSN, RN-BC Professional Development Specialist, Center for Nursing Education and Research, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas
Kristine DeButy, BSN, RNC-OB Nurse Manager, Labor & Delivery Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas
My goal is to foster a trusting relationship with all members of the healthcare team, help them develop their full potential and perform at the highest level possible.  I lead by example. There isn’t anything I ask my staff to do that I am not willing to do myself. Staff is expected to use the most current evidence based practice, and encouraged to develop innovative strategies that increase patient quality, safety, and satisfaction.
Having the opportunity to be a nursing leader is not a position that I take lightly; in fact I feel quite honored. Being an educator at BSWH means that I have the ability to influence nurses from across the healthcare system to provide the best nursing care to our patients. I am able to help guide, develop, and mentor our new nurses through the beginning of their career, which is the most rewarding job I have found. 
Joni Watson, MBA, MSN, RN
APRNs & E.D. Staff
Joni is part of a multidisciplinary care team in the Cancer Center, whose employees are so engaged they have extraordinary high levels of certification and employees going back to school to further their education!  Their office is consistently ranked in the 95th percentile for patient satisfaction.  This transformational leader works with a team who consider themselves transparent, respectful, and safe! This results in safe passage for their oncology patients. 
APRN patient triage and solid teamwork helped reduce the number of patients left without being seen (LWBS) in the emergency department.  Leadership at all levels of nursing!
APRN patient triage and solid teamwork helped reduce the number of patients left without being seen (LWBS) in the emergency department. Leadership at all levels of nursing!