Professional Contributions of Nursing at Willowbrook Hospital

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital nurses use the Magnet® Model as a framework for nursing excellence. Through Transformational Leadership, Structural Empowerment, Exemplary Professional Practice, and New Knowledge, Innovation and Improvements, excellent empirical outcomes are achieved. Houston Methodist Willowbrook  nursing supports the Houston Methodist vision for unparalleled safety, quality, service and innovation.


Nursing mission: Houston Methodist nursing provides an environment in which excellent nursing practice, interprofessional collaboration, leadership, education and research ensure that patients, families and the community experience compassionate, value-based care through unparalleled safety, quality, service and innovation.


Nursing vision: We lead the world of nursing in an innovative and collaborative environment of excellence in patient care, education and research.


Philosophy of nursing: We believe the cornerstone of the Houston Methodist Professional Practice Model is a triad of:


  • Leadership: Building value-driven partnerships with patients, families and the interprofessional team that yield high-quality care.
  • Art: Caring for patients and families in a holistic way to meet clinical, psychological, educational and spiritual needs.
  • Science: Improving outcomes through evidence-based practices, research, innovation and professional development.


Transformational Leadership

Nurse leaders and nurses at the bedside are transformational leaders who keep nursing goals aligned with the vision and mission of the hospital. They participate in leadership development and mentorship programs, and demonstrate advocacy and support on behalf of staff and patients. 

Structural Empowerment of Nursing

Shared Governance — A Model for Nursing Leadership 

Nurses at Houston Methodist Willowbrook are empowered to share experience and knowledge by participating in collective decision-making with interprofessional colleagues. Shared Governance is a decision-making model that offers clinicians the means to influence professional practice and the quality of patient care, as well as to build leadership skills.  Shared Governance supports the strategic goals of nursing, thus providing better care to our patients and families. 


The Shared Governance model allows nurses to independently exercise judgment in the clinical setting, which has been described by nurses as one of the most significant factors affecting job satisfaction and retention. 


Houston Methodist Willowbrook Shared Governance Model

HMWB Shared Governance Nursing 

Recognition for Contributions to Professional Nursing

  • Nurses at Houston Methodist Willowbrook are routinely recognized for professional accomplishments throughout the year by receiving the following awards:
    • Daisy Award
    • Good Samaritan Foundation Nurse Excellence Award
    • Houston Chronicle Salute to Nurses
    • Texas Nurses Association District 9 Nurse Excellence Award
    • Annual Nursing Excellence Award
    • I CARE Award
  • Houston Methodist Willowbrook recognizes nurses for dissemination of research and evidence-based practice by providing resources to:
    • Attend conferences to present our findings to national and international health care professionals
    • Publish articles in professional journals
  • Nurses are recognized to volunteer locally, nationally or internationally by providing paid time off (I CARE in Action) and additional resources (supplies/educational material/donation).
  • Nurses are recognized by the organization for professional development and are encouraged to be life-long learners by providing: 
    • Tuition assistance of $4000 a year
    • Success Pays™, Take 2 OR and CPAN certification programs
    • Graduate Nurse Residency Program
    • Clinical Scholar Program for evidence-based practice and research
    • Shared Governance Leadership Series for Shared Governance front-line leaders


Exemplary Professional Practice 

Houston Methodist Professional Practice Model 

Houston Methodist’s I CARE values of integrity, compassion, accountability, respect and excellence provide the overarching values that guide service and practice. The Houston Methodist Professional Practice Model describes the patient care delivery system and the practice of professional nursing. 
The patient care delivery system keeps the patient and family at the center, with the staff nurse leader in communication and collaboration with the interprofessional team to affect outcomes of safety, quality, knowledge, efficiency and satisfaction. The graphic depiction below shows our Professional Practice Model, which is built upon evidence-based practice, research and innovation.  




New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements

At Houston Methodist Willowbrook, nurses provide unparalleled patient care through the use of evidence-based practice. Nurses participate in Houston Methodist education programs to learn how to lead evidence-based practice projects and conduct nursing research. Nursing-led research generates new knowledge and innovations to optimize patient outcomes. Nurses share best practices through publications and presentations at regional, national and international conferences. 
Scholarly Contributions of Houston Methodist Willowbrook Nursing
  • 2020: "The Impact of Creating Awareness and Desire for Mindfulness: An EBP Project" Presentation. Denise McNulty. 2020 AHA Team Training National Conference.
  • 2019: "Improving Operating Room First Case On-Time Starts Using the Epic Snapboard Shared Calendar System" Poster Presentation. Jennifer Rowland, BSN, RN; Danita Batiste, BSN, RN, CNOR; Mona Cockerham, PhD, RN, CPHQ.
  • 2019: "Collaboration is key to success for transition of newly licensed nurses to specialty areas," Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, Vol. 9, No. 12 Authors: Jo-Anne Senneff; Carol LaMonica-Way; Krendi Walls; Gilbert Barrera Jr.; Harvinder Kaur; Susan Kilbourn; Janice McKay.
  • 2019: "The Impact of Creating Awareness and Desire for Mindfulness: An EBP Project" Presentation. 2019 Best EBP Presentation. Research/Evidence-Based Practice Day.
  • November 2019: "ARDS Patients Prone to Transition Out of the Danger Zone" Presentation. Colleen McKay, BSN, RN, CCRN; Trish Hartstack, RN, CCRN; Gabby Pizzo, BSN, RN, CVRN; Mary Knobles, BSN, RN; Thalia Casimire, MD, FCCP; Charles Gallagher, RRT, MBA, Mila Sprouse, MSN, RN, CCRN; Archie Chi, BSN, RN; Laura Connelly, MSN, RN, CCRN-K. Nursing Excellence Symposium.
  • November 2019: "Changing Directions and Charting a New Course: Improving Outcomes for Open Heart Surgery Patients" Presentation. Ashley Hall, BSN, RN; Julie Howe, BSN, CCNS; Eileen Calumpang, BSN, RN' Mary Knobles, BSN, RN; Christine Co, BSN, RN; Tori Schaffer, BSN, RN; Roy Asuncion, BSN, RN; Anjali James, MSN, APRN, ACNP-CC; Mila Sprouse, MSN, RN, CCRN; Archie Chi, BSN, RN; Laura Connelly, MSN, RN, CCRN-K. Nursing Excellence Symposium.
  • November 2019: "The Power of Thinking Beyond the Chair: Using a Chair Alarm to Decrease Unplanned Extubation" Presentation. Chris Hunt, MBA, RRT-CPFT; Tina Dimafiles, BSN, RN, CVRN-BC; Charles Gallagher, RRT, MBA; Laura Connelly, MSN, RN, CCRN-K; Mila Sprouse, MSN, RN, CCRN. Nursing Excellence Symposium.
  • March 2019: "Complementary Pain Therapy," Angel Penate, BSN, RN. Vizient Nurse Residency National Meeting/Conference.
  • March 2019: "Evidence Based Practice, Strategies to Support the Graduate Nurse," Carol Lamonica-Way, MSN, RN, RNC-OB. Vizient Nurse Residency National Meeting/Conference.