School of Nursing holds first
The first roundtable meeting for nurse executives was held in the School of Nursing on March 6. Dr. Mickey Parsons, associate professor and newly appointed coordinator of the graduate administration program, initiated the event.
"Community collaboration is essential for the development of our master of administration in community and health care systems in nursing degree program," Dr. Parsons said. "The roundtable will allow us to provide such a community forum. The complexities of the nursing shortage, and the leadership strategies needed to address them, require collaboration with our community leaders and key health care providers."
Members of the Nurse Executive Roundtable include civilian and military nurse executives. Members are Col. Marilyn Abu-Ghusson, RN, MS, CNS, chief nurse, Wilford Hall USAF Hospital; Donna Arpin, RN, MSN, chief operating officer/chief nursing officer, Northeast Methodist Hospital and Metropolitan Methodist Hospital; Sandy Berrigan, RN, MSN, CHE, associate director, South Texas Veterans Health Care System; Karen Chatland, RN, MMA, vice president, Christus Santa Rosa Medical Center; Dr. Anne Garner, RN, assistant professor, UTHSC School of Nursing; Dr. Nancy Girard, RN, FAAN, associate professor and chair, acute nursing department, UTHSC School of Nursing; Dr. Mickey L. Parsons, MHA, RN, associate professor and coordinator of the graduate administration program, UTHSC School of Nursing; Nancy Ray, RN, MA, associate administrator, University Health System; Col. Carol Reineck, Ph.D., CCRN, chief nurse, U.S. Army Medical Command; Dr. Jana Stonestreet, RN, chief nursing executive, Methodist Healthcare System; Cindy Strzelecki, RN, MBA, chief nursing officer, Southwest General Hospital; Col. Theresa Tominey, RN, MS, deputy commander for nursing, Brooke Army Medical Center; Kathy Wells, RN, MS, vice president, Nix Medical Center; Dr. Stephanie Woods, CCRN, administrator, Institute of Health Education, Baptist Health System; and Jan Zimmer, RN, MSN, vice president, Christus Santa Rosa Medical Center.
Roundtable members help faculty to update the community and health care systems master's degree by ensuring the curriculum is relevant for present and future leadership roles. The group's counsel is enabling the development of the Nursing Leadership Center for South Texas. Members discuss nursing shortage issues and determine common strategies to enhance the development of the nursing workforce and nursing leadership in South Texas in collaboration with other health care professionals and organizations. They provide guidance to other health care professionals and organizations on recommended strategies to address the nursing shortage in South Texas.