HOW WE DID IT: In partnership with the Texas Health Council, we reached out to local hospitals, private practices, doctors, and patients and asked them to visit our website to nominate a registered nurse in 20 categories. We received 349 nominations. We asked the nominators to answer three questions regarding how the nurses impacted their lives, community, and profession. The editors selected the best nominations and sent them to a panel of registered nurses in three fields. The panel included Diane Twedell, chief nursing officer at Southeast Minnesota Region of the Mayo Clinic Health System; Elaine Harrison, director of marketing for the Visiting Nurse Association; and Elizabeth Poster, dean and professor at the University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing. The panel could not judge those they work with directly. We compiled the judges’ scores to select the winners and finalists. We also vetted the registered nursing licenses and reviewed disciplinary action of each finalist.

CARDIOLOGY

Ann Babin
Texas Health Harris Methodist

Kathy Drescher
Medical City Dallas Children’s Hospital

Stacey Jantzen
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Mary Mancini
University of Texas at Arlington

Mariah Stone
University of Texas Southwestern


EDUCATION

Mindi Anderson
University of Texas at Arlington

Cecilia Flores
University of Texas at Arlington

Judy LeFlore
University of Texas at Arlington and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas

Ruth Robert
Baylor Medical Center at Garland

Christine Russe
Texas Health PresbyterianHospital of Plano


EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Dusty Hamblin
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Plano

Karen Lettre
Children’s Medical Center of Dallas

Emily Reece
Baylor Medical Center of Frisco

Catherine Strain
Centennial Medical Center


GENERAL

Diana Anderson
Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano

Amara Megwa
Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery

Tonya Peña
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Laurie Tanas
Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano


HOME HEALTH

Jo Alch
Acapella In Home Care

Shawna Boudreaux
Reliant Home Health Allen

Terry Kilgore
Baylor Center of Garland, Grace Hospice, Intrepid Home Health

Penny Rivera
Reliant Home Health Allen

Tammy Rodriguez
University of Texas Southwestern


HOSPICE

Gary Springer
Visiting Nurse Association of Texas in Dallas

Mary Williams
North Hills Hospital

Stacy Zancana
Baylor Regional Medical Center of Plano


INTENSIVE CARE

Rose Bagh
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Plano

Melinda Foster
Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital

Kelly Murphy
University of Texas Southwestern

Tim Taylor
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Holly Ware
University of Texas Southwestern


INTERNAL MEDICINE

Debbie Arbique
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Cindy Joffrion
Baylor Medical Center of Irving

Ulondia Lee
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Winnie Wong
University of Texas Southwestern


LEADERSHIP

Cole Edmonson
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas

Sammie Hurley
Key-Whitman Surgery Center, Dallas LASIK Center

Jeanne Reeves
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Mark Sanders
Baylor Heart & Vascular Hospital

Shari Scott
Children’s Medical Center of Dallas


LONG-TERM CARE

Jane Anderson
Constant Care Family Management

Jennifer Goen-Runnels
Christian Care Center Mesquite

Nancy Stretch
Baylor Health Care System, Family Medical Center at North Garland


NEONATAL

Kathleen Hall
Texas Health Resources at Allen

Carla Holland
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas

Dana Polk
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas

Amanda Truelove
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center


NEUROSCIENCES

Elizabeth Allen
University of Texas Southwestern

Teresa Jones
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Tonette Mitcham
University of Texas Southwestern

Lorrie Normand
Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth


NURSING ADMINISTRATION

Christopher Fowler
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

June Marshall
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas


Karla Ramberger
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Irene Strejc
Methodist Richardson Medical Center

ONCOLOGY

Brenda Casey
Texas Oncology Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas

Renee Furey
Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano

Kim Marchand
University of Texas Southwestern

Deborah Spitzer
University of Texas Southwestern

Fatemeh Youssefi
University of Texas Southwestern

ORTHOPEDICS

Melissa Garrison
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Cherie James
Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Mary Jones
Children’s Medical Center of Dallas

Thuy Nguyen
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas


PEDIATRICS

Dorothy Foglia
Children’s Medical Center Dallas and University of Texas Southwestern

Jennifer Kaplan
Medical City Children’s Hospital

Nancy Perry
Steven D. Crow, M.D., P.A., FAAP

Michelle Smith
Children’s Medical Center of Dallas


PSYCHIATRIC

David Andrews
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Cary Fain
Green Oaks Hospital

Jane Le Vieux
Children’s Medical Center of Dallas

Pamela Whitley
Green Oaks Hospital


SCHOOL

Vicky Bayer
Allen Independent School District


Cindy Belk
Dallas Independent School District

Debbie Malloy
Highland Park Independent School District

Debra Wise
Carrolton-Farmers Branch Independent School District


SURGERY

Carmencita Cava
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Plano

Kim McHard
Children’s Medical Center of Dallas

Wanda Payne
Dallas VA Medical Center

Tammy Prince
Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery

Jackie Reed
Children’s Medical Center of Dallas


WOMEN’S HEALTH

Amy Hailey
Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital

Lynda Darlene Howl
Golden Cross Academic Clinic Dallas

Ronda Rogers
Texas Health Resources

Edna Vera
Texas Health PresbyterianHospital Denton

Vicki Wiseman
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center