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Awards

The Excellence in Nursing Awards 2024

We received hundreds of nominations for hard-working, compassionate nurses working all over North Texas. They all deserve our thanks. But with the help of nursing experts, here's our list of 95 for recognition.
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Nonnie Breytspraak
Nonnie Breytspraak of Methodist Dallas Medical Center knows emergency department nurses have to be ready for anything. Jill Broussard

How We Did It

We contacted local hospitals, doctors, nursing organizations, and patients and asked them to visit our website to nominate outstanding nurses. We asked nominators to answer three questions regarding how the nurses affected their lives, communities, and professions. The editors selected the best nominations and sent them to a panel of esteemed registered nurses in various fields. The panel could not judge those they worked with directly. We compiled judges’ scores to select the 95 winners. We also vetted the registered nursing licenses and reviewed any disciplinary actions of each winner.


Direct Care

Shontell Angrum
Senior Registered Nurse Specialist
Parkland Health

Almaz Assefa
Wound/Ostomy Nurse
Parkland Health

Kathleen Blanco
Registered Nurse
Methodist Richardson Medical Center

Jacqueline Blankenship
Registered Nurse
Texas Health Dallas

Nonnie Breytspraak
ED Staff Nurse, Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Kiama Bryant
Registered Nurse, ICU
Medical City McKinney

Brandi Burton
Registered Nurse, Med/Surg Charge Nurse
Medical City Sachse, a Campus of Medical City Plano

Linda Bynum
Senior Nurse Specialist
Parkland Health

Jillian Campbell
Registered Nurse, Developmental Therapeutics Program, CCBD Clinic
Children’s Health-Dallas

Kayla Carruth
Clinical Nurse
Texas Health Plano

Emily Carsey
Team Leader Nursing, Ambulatory
Children’s Health-Dallas

Veronica Cedillo
Nurse Practitioner
Texas Oncology

Maria Crain
Advanced Practice Nurse
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Valerie Michelle Duron
Registered Nurse
Texas Health Resources Plano

Courtney Facundo
Clinical Team Lead
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Anne Fjordholm
Registered Nurse
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Monica Fuller
Registered Nurse
Children’s Health-Dallas

Jamie Glass
Neonatal and Pediatric Transport Nurse
Children’s Health

Gabrielle Gonzales
Registered Nurse
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Faheemah Hannah
Assistant Clinical Professor
Texas Woman’s University

Susan Jacob
Registered Nurse, Charge Nurse PRN
Texas Health Plano

Sheena John
Registered Nurse
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Courtney Johnson
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
Parkland Health

Mary Keckeisen
Rapid Assessment Team Nurse
Parkland Health

Demitra King
Charge Nurse, Urgent Care
CC Young Senior Living-Assisted Living

Stefani Loewen
Registered Nurse
Children’s Health-Dallas

Michelle Maldonado
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Developmental Disabilities
Scottish Rite for Children

Tracey Marsh
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Medical City Children’s Hospital

Delmy Martinez
Nurse Home Visitor
WiNGS Dallas

Luis Matute
Registered Nurse, Rapid Response Lead
Medical City Plano

Monica McEntire
Nursing Supervisor
Texas Health Plano

Cheryl McIvor
Registered Nurse
Children’s Health-Dallas

LaDawna McKinney
Registered Nurse
Texas Health Dallas

Ashli Miner
Registered Nurse
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Rosa Moctezuma
Registered Nurse
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Sara Moore
Evidence-Based Practice Specialist
Children’s Health

Iska Dora Okello
Registered Nurse
Texas Health Resources Arlington

Amanda Ortega
Registered Nurse
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Leslie Pate
Senior Registered Nurse
Parkland Health

Lisa-Marie Rainwater
Nurse Facilitator
Mesquite ISD

Valencia Rhone
Registered Nurse, Pediatrics
Scottish Rite for Children

Kaylene Smith
Oncology Nurse Navigator
Texas Health Dallas

April Smith-Strick
Nurse Coordinator
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center

Jennifer Summers
Operating Room Supervisor
Texas Health HEB

Teri Terrill
Senior Registered Nurse Specialist
Parkland Health

Kaitlyn Thomas
Registered Nurse
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Jessica Warren
Registered Nurse
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center

LuAnn Webster
Clinical Nurse
Texas Health Plano

Rhonda White
Care Coordinator
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Nadia Winston
Nurse Practitioner
CAN Community Health

Education/Research

Elizabeth Aaron
Nursing Professional Development Specialist
Methodist Richardson Medical Center

Laurel Butler
Clinical Specialty Educator NICU
Medical City Healthcare

Linda Denke
Nurse Scientist
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Adrianne Duvall-Ingram
Clinical Assistant Professor, FastBacc Coordinator
Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing

Janice Edmonson
Clinical Assistant Professor
Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing

Stephanie Fassett
Manager of Continuing Education
Medical City Healthcare

Juliann Kuykendall
Chronic Care Coordinator
Children’s Health-Dallas

Kendel Richards
Team Leader, Clinical Education
Children’s Health-Dallas

Tracy Tyner
Surgical/Trauma ICU Advanced Practice Provider III
Parkland Health

Leadership

Jonathan Abalos
Nursing Operations Specialist
Parkland Health

Jennifer Allen
Director of Nursing
Methodist Southlake Medical Center

Rency Atly
Associate Chief Nursing Officer
Medical City Plano

Hannah Barnett
Nurse Manager, NICU
Medical City Lewisville

Lori Batchelor
Senior Director Clinical Talent and Academic Partnerships
Children’s Health

Shanna Boettcher
Employee Health Nurse
Medical City Lewisville

Rachael Burris-Alcala
Director, Acute Care Services
Children’s Health-Plano

Diana Canales
Director of Quality
Medical City Plano

Robert Castillo Jr.
Nurse Manager
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Kimberly Clipp
Nurse Manager, APRN/NICU
Parkland Health

Christa Croteau
AVP Women’s Services
Medical City Dallas

Misty Daugherty
Program Director, Nursing Professional Governance
Children’s Health

Shelby Do
Clinical Excellence Project Manager
Texas Health Dallas

Bradley Goettl
Assistant Director, Office of Advanced Practice Providers
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Max Holder
Nurse Manager
Baylor University Medical Center

Tera Holland
Advanced Clinical Nurse
Children’s Health-Dallas

Alicia Hubbard
Director of Nursing, Acute Care
Texas Health Plano

Brennan Lewis
Vice President of Nursing Excellence
Children’s Health

Vanessa Lozada
Director of Nursing
Texas Health Plano

Stephanie MacVeigh
Vice President of Quality
Medical City Lewisville

Terri Mannan
Clinical Manager, Pediatric Cardiac ICU
Medical City Children’s Hospital

Nikki Marshall
Team Leader Nursing
Children’s Health-Dallas

Amy McCarthy
Director of Nursing, Women, Infants & Oncology
Texas Health HEB

Jennifer Minor
Nurse Manager, Family Centered Care & Perinatal Education
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Kristine Morris
Interim Assistant Dean
Texas Woman’s University

Stefani Newberry
Nurse Manager
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Christi Nguyen
Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Nurse Excellence Program
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Shivas Niduasa
Director of Medical Surgical & Oncology Services
Medical City Plano

Nancy Palacios
Nurse Manager
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Karishma Patel
Nurse Manager
Medical City Plano

Karla Ramberger
Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Dallas

Lauren Tuohy
Associate Nurse Manager
Parkland Health

Lindsey Voris
Manager Blood Cancer Unit
Medical City Dallas

Tammy Webb
Executive Vice President, Chief Nurse Executive
Children’s Health

Heather Wheaton
Wound Clinic Nurse Manager, Hyperbaric Safety Director
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Irving

Damita Williams
National Senior Director, Nursing Quality
Ascension Health


This story originally appeared in the March issue of D Magazine. Write to [email protected].

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