D Magazine Honors Children’s Nurses

nursingAwardsfeatureFour of our own were honored as winners of the annual D Magazine Excellence in Dallas-Fort Worth Nursing Awards on Feb. 20.

Mark LeClair, RN, BSN, CPEN, EMT-B, winner in Emergency Medicine; Tami Barr, RN, CPN, winner in Pediatrics; Mary Jones, RN, BSN, winner in Orthopedics; and Joy Macaluso, RN, winner in The Heart Center, were chosen for this honor.

Read about the finalists and winners featured in the March issue of D Magazine.

Mark LeClair, RN

Mark LeClair, RN, pictured with his wife, Heather.

Mark, who works in the ED, told D Magazine, "I think I make life better for children, and the people I serve make my days worthwhile.”

Mary Jones, RN

Mary Jones, RN, holding her Excellent in Nursing award plaque.

Mary Jones, RN, works with patients who have musculoskeletal infections that require a multidisciplinary approach. Mary is the nursing team leader for the orthopedic department and program director for the Disease Specific Care project, the nation’s only such program that coordinates the evaluation and treatment of such pediatric patients.

Tami Barr, RN

Tami Barr, RN (left) with Mary Stowe, RN, MS, NEA-BC, VP and Chief Nursing Officer.

Tami always cheers for the underdog, and told D about some patients, two boys with autism. The boys could speak only Spanish and were “very, very wild.” Tami took them under her wing. “Each time they’re here, they teach me words in Spanish, and I teach them words in English,” Tami says. “It’s gotten to where we can communicate pretty well with each other.” Over the past few years, the kids, now known as Tami’s Boys, have changed immensely. “They used to hit, kick and spit. Now they hug and blow kisses to people,” Tami says.

Joy Macaluso, RN

Joy Macaluso, RN (right) pictured with co-worker Kimberly Moore, RN.

Joy Macaluso works in The Heart Center and helped develop the Safe at Home monitoring program that walks parents through the process of taking care of their children in the comfort of their home in between heart surgeries. Joy and Kimberly Moore, advanced nurse practitioner, shown left, carry a phone that families can contact 24 hours a day, seven days a week if they notice a problem or have questions. “Anytime a family goes home for the first time after being in the hospital for three weeks to two months, there is some anxiety,” Joy says. “It’s being able to tell them it’s okay. This is what a normal baby does. Besides having this severe heart defect, your child is also a baby, and she’s going to do the normal baby things as well.”

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