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 using 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. 

 

Manuscripts Accepted for Publication

  • Establishing a Peer Support Program in the Acute Care Setting: Promoting Resiliency and Inspiring Emotional Support & Emotional Wellbeing Using Peer Support. Elaine Webb, MSN, RN, RNC-OB, Denise Stage McNulty, DNP, RN, MS-HSA, NPD-BC, NE-BC. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice. Fall 2022
  • Nurse Adaptability and PTSD Symptoms During the COVID19 Pandemic: The Effects of Family and Perceived Organizational Support. Mona Cockerham, PhD, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Margaret Beier, PhD, Lisa Boss, PhD, RN, Sandra Branson, PhD, RN. Spring 2022
  • The Impact of Mindfulness on Stress and Burnout of New Graduate Nurses as a Component of a Nurse Residency Program, Denise McNulty, DNP, RN, MS-HAS, NPD-BC; Carol LaMonica-Way, MSN, RN, RNC-OB; Jo-Anne Senneff, MSN, RN, CCRN-K. Frontiers in Psychology. The Journal of Nursing Administration. April 2022
  • Creating a Model for Mindfulness in Nursing Professional Development Using a Concept Analysis, Journal for Nursing Professional Development: Denise McNulty, MSN, MS-HSA, NPD-BC, NE-BC
  • Interprofessional Team Discharge Planning Improvement for Hospitalized Patients Unable to Afford Insulin, Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists: Ernest Saldivar, III, DDS, MDIV, BCC; Maryanne Strobel, MSN, RN, CDCES; Nicolette McKenna, MSN, BSN, RN-BC

2022 Scholarly Contributions of Houston Methodist Willowbrook Nursing

  • Rise to the Rhythm: Reducing Patient Agitation with Music. Jason Carmona, BSN, RN. 2022 Magnet Conference
  • Peer Support: Applying Emotional (and Spiritual) First Aide. Elaine Webb, MSN, RN, RNC-OB, Denise Stage McNulty, DNP, RN, MS-HAS, NPD-BC Poster Presentation at the 2022 QSEN International Forum
  • Peer Support: Applying Emotional (and Spiritual) First Aide. Elaine Webb, MSN, RN, RNC-OB, Presentation at the 2022 Nursing World Conference
  • How Advance Practice Clinicians Can Leverage Expertise to Advance to the Executive Level. Nicole Twine, PhD, Presentation at – 2022 American Association of Critical Care Nurses National Training Institute Conference
  • Developing a “Rising Star” Succession Plan Program for your Perioperative Leadership Team. Kiki Fontenette, Renee’ Hildebrand. Presentation – 2022 Association of perioperative Registered Nurses Global Surgical Conference
  • Effect of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) on Registered Nurse Stress Levels, Podium presentation (PechaKucha) provided at the 2022 Sigma Creating Healthy Work Environments Conference.
  • “The Impact of Mindfulness Training on Stress and Burnout During the First Six Months of Practice” Presentation. Denise McNulty, DNP, RN, MS-HAS, NPD-BC; Carol LaMonica-Way, MSN, RN, RNC-OB; Jo-Anne Senneff, MSN, RN, CCRN-K. Podium presentation provided at the 2022 Sigma Creating Healthy Work Environments Conference.
  • Effect of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) on Registered Nurse Stress Levels, Presentation provided at the 2022 Association for Nursing Professional Development Aspire to Trailblaze Conference.
  • “Pandemic Pivot: The Success of Findings of a Community Hospital’s Rapid Adaptation of their Gynecologic Surgical Protocol Amidst COVID-19” Presentation. Stacy Norton, MD, FACOG; Keeley Harmon, PhD, EdS, MSN, RN, NE-BC; Sara Yasrebi, BS, MS3; Joanna Ma, BS, MS3. Poster presentation provided at the 2022 American Hospital Association Advancing Care Conference.
  • “The Impact of Mindfulness Training on Stress and Burnout During the First Six Months of Practice” Presentation. Denise McNulty, DNP, RN, MS-HAS, NPD-BC; Carol LaMonica-Way, MSN, RN, RNC-OB; Jo-Anne Senneff, MSN, RN, CCRN-K. Podium Presentation provided at the 2022 American Hospital Association Advancing Care Conference.

2021 Scholarly Contributions of Houston Methodist Willowbrook Nursing
  • “NICU Nurse Interrupted-Using Lean Principles to Drive Change at the Hospital System Level” Presentation. Tammy Sullivan, MSN, RNC-NIC; Oyejoke Fasoranti, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP; Jill Williams, MSN, RNC-NIC; Michele Lauterbach, BSN, RN; Judy Taylor, BSN, RN. 2021 American Hospital Association Conference

  • 2021: Just Say No to Bugs: Eliminating CLABSI in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit” Presentation. Tammy Sullivan, MSN, RNC-NIC, Jill Williams, MSN, RNC-NIC; Dianne Aldinger, BSN, RN. 2021 American Hospital Association Conference
  • “Pandemic Pivot: the Success of Findings of a Community Hospital’s Rapid Adaptation of their Gynecologic Surgical Protocol Amidst COVID-19” Presentation. Stacy Norton, MD, FACOG; Keeley Harmon, PhD, EdS, MSN, RN, NE-BC; Sara Yasrebi, BS, MS3; Joanna Ma, BS, MS3. 2021 American Hospital Association Conference.
  • “The Impact of Mindfulness Training on Stress and Burnout During the First Six Months of Practice” Presentation. Denise McNulty, DNP, RN, MS-HAS, NPD-BC; Carol Lamonica-Way, MSN, RN, RNC-OB; Jo-Anne Senneff, MSN, RN, CCRN-K. Podium Presentation Accepted at the 2021 World Conference.
  • “Mother’s Own Milk Enhancement Project (MOM E)” Presentation. Jake Moser, MS3; Reyna Diaz, BSN, RN, IBCLC; Athis Arunchalam, MD, MBA. 2021 Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital’s Second Annual Quality and Patient Safety Symposium Award Recipient.
  • “The Impact of Mindfulness Training on Stress and Burnout in Newly Licensed Nurses” Presentation. Denise McNulty, DNP, RN, MS-HAS, NPD-BC; Carol Lamonica-Way, MSN, RN, RNC-OB; Jo-Anne Senneff, MSN, RN, CCRN-K. 2021 Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital’s Second Annual Quality and Patient Safety Symposium Award Recipient.
  • “Pandemic Pivot: The Success of Findings of a Community Hospital’s Rapid Adaptation of their Gynecologic Surgical Protocol Amidst COVID-19.” Stacy Norton, MD, FACOG; Keeley Harmon, PhD, EdS, MSN, RN, NE-BC; Sara Yasrebi, BS, MS3; Joanna Ma, BS, MS3. 2021 Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital’s Second Annual Quality and Patient Safety Symposium Award Recipient.
  • “Face Buttons on 5 East to Enhance the Patient and Employee Experience.” Kendra Johnson, BSN, RN, NE-BC; 5 East Staff. 2021 Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital’s Second Annual Quality and Patient Safety Symposium Award Recipient.
  • “TeamSTEPPS® in Code Blues.” Aminah Hammad, BSN, RN; Eric Jimenez, BSN, RN; Craig Tenzer, BSN, RN, CEN. 2021 Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital’s Second Annual Quality and Patient Safety Symposium Award Recipient.
  • Virtual Reality – To Reduce Pain by Distraction in the Med/Surg Population. Mona Cockerham, PhD, MSN, RN, CPHQ. 2021 DNV Annual Conference.
  • Virtual Reality – Interprofessional Teams Work Together to Reduce Pain in Colorectal Patients. Mona Cockerham, PhD, MSN, RN, CPHQ. 2021 Nexus Interprofessional Conference
  • Advancing Science with Virtual Reality. Mona Cockerham, PhD, MSN, RN, CPHQ.2021 Advancing Healthcare Innovation Summit (AHIS).
  • “NICU Nurse Interrupted – Using Lean Principles to Drive Change at the Hospital System Level.” Tammy Sullivan, MSN, RNC-NIC; Oyejoke Fasoranti, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP; Jill Williams, MSN, RNC-NIC; Michelle Lauterbach, BSN; Judy Taylor, BSN. 2021 Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital’s Second Annual Quality and Patient Safety Symposium Award Recipient.
  • “Employers' Perceptions of New Graduate Nurses' Readiness for Practice.”  Keeley Harmon, PhD, EdS, MSN, RN, NE-BC; Robyn Marsh, BSN, RN. 2021 Academy of Medical/Surgical Nurses Conference.
  • “Evaluating the Effectiveness of Virtual Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.” Denise Stage McNulty, DNP, RN, MS-HSA, NPD-BC, NE-BC; Crystal Fryer, BSN, RN. 2021 Academy of Medical/Surgical Nurses Conference.
  • Virtual Reality for Postoperative Patients. Mona Cockerham, PhD, MSN, RN, CPHQ. Podium presentation at the 2021 Academy of Medical/Surgical Nurses Conference.

2020 Scholarly Contributions of Houston Methodist Willowbrook Nursing
  • “Implementation of Neonatal Sepsis Calculator in Infants Born to Mothers with Chorioamniotis” Presentation. Andrea Reed, BSN, RN; Jill Williams, BSN, RN; Robin Howe, MSN, RN; Athis Arunachalam, MD, MBA. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital First Annual Quality and Patient Safety Symposium Award Recipient.
  • “Tiny Treasures: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Parent Support Group” Presentation. Amelia Villaneuva, BSN, RN; Kim Nguyen, BSN, RN. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital First Annual Quality and Patient Safety Symposium Award Recipient.
  • “Integration of Interprofessional TeamSTEPPS” Presentation. Stacy Norton, MD, FACOG; Keeley Harmon, PhD, EdS, MSN, RN, NE-BC; Carol Lamonica-Way, MSN, RNC-OB. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital First Annual Quality and Patient Safety Symposium Award Recipient.
  • “Decreasing Staff Injuries with the Utilization of a Safety Pod” Presentation. Craig Tenzer, BS, RN, CEN, LP; Jennifer Jackson, RN; Sara Tolman, BSN, RN, CEN; Dianne Davis, BSN, RN, CEN; Monica Evans, BSN, RN, CEN; Heather Cofer, BSN, RN; Garry Thompson, MA, BSN, RN, NE-BC. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital First Annual Quality and Patient Safety Symposium Award Recipient.
  • “Following the Yellow Brick Road: How an Interprofessional Kaizen Improved Workflow in an Outpatient Infusion Clinic” Presentation. Debra Trometer, BSN, RN, MHA; Heather Mathey, BSN, RN, CVRN; Vicky Stankovic; Angela Alexander, RN; Shari Ali, ASCP; Antonette Buco, ASCP; Ekundayo Osho, Pharm D; Dedra Sebastian; Erika Brown; Cynetra Simon. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital First Annual Quality and Patient Safety Symposium Award Recipient.
  • “Tiny Treasures: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Parent Support Group” Presentation. Amelia Villaneuva, BSN, RN; Kim Nguyen, BSN, RN. 2020 ANCC Magnet Conference
  • “Building the Dream Team in an Observation Unit” Presentation. Lisa Mauricio, MSN, RN, CCRN; Zachary Armitage, MHA, MSN, RN-BC. 2020 ANCC Magnet Conference.
  • “Following the Yellow Brick Road: How an Interprofessional Kaizen Improved Workflow in an Outpatient Infusion Clinic” Presentation. Debra Trometer, BSN, RN, MHA; Heather Mathey, BSN, RN, CVRN; Vicky Stankovic; Angela Alexander, RN; Shari Ali, ASCP; Antonette Buco, ASCP; Dayo Osho, Pharm D; Dedra Sebastian; Erika Brown; Cynetra Simon. 2020 American Association of Ambulatory Nursing.
  • “Integration of Interprofessional TeamSTEPPS” Presentation. Stacy Norton, MD, FACOG; Keeley Harmon, PhD, EdS, MSN, RN, NE-BC; Carol Lamonica-Way, MSN, RNC-OB. 2020 American Hospital Association Conference
  • “The Impact of Creating Awareness and Desire for Mindfulness: An EBP Project” Presentation. Denise McNulty, MSN, MS-HSA, NPD-BC, NE-BC. 2020 American Hospital Association Conference. 

     

    Other Notable Recognition

    Maryanne Strobel, MSN, RN, CDCES (Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist and Professional Practice Leader at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital) was appointed by the Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, to serve on the Texas Diabetes Council.

     

    American Hospital Association Master Training Faculty:
    Stacy Norton, MD, FACOG; Keeley Harmon, PhD, EdS, MSN, RN, NE-BC; Carol Lamonica-Way, MSN, RNC-OB; Angela Kim, MD, FACOG; Sandra Branson, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE

     

    Recognition, Awards and Accolades

    At Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, we don't chase awards. However, when our people are recognized for excellence in quality and patient care, we commend them on those achievements. 

     

    American Nurses Association Foundations of Nursing Practice Award

    This national award recognizes an individual registered nurse for achieving outstanding accomplishments in nursing research, nursing education or nursing practice; and for promoting the interdependence of these three elements as vital to improving the quality of health care.
     
    2022 Recipient           
    Denise Stage McNulty, DNP, RN, MS-HSA, NPD-BC, NE-BC
     
    Texas Nurses Association District 9 Foundation: 30th Annual Nursing Celebration Top 30 Nurses
    An event to recognize outstanding nurses that live and/or work in District 9 which includes the counties of: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Trinity, Walker, and Waller counties. District 9 (Greater Houston area) is the largest district in Texas and boasts over 4,200 members.
     
    2022 Recipient
    Keely Harmon, PhD, EdS, MSN, RN, NE-BC

     

    Excellence in Nursing Awards

    Good Samaritan’s Excellence in Nursing is one of the largest programs dedicated to recognizing the women and men who are actively working in the nursing profession. The Excellence in Nursing Awards honor registered nurses and educators who are nominated by their peers and selected by a distinguished Awards Selection Committee. These nurses demonstrate a passion for the nursing profession and exemplify excellence in teaching, mentoring, leadership and service. 


    2022 Recipients

     

    Silver Medalist

    Abigale Bernard, BSN, RN

     

    Bronze Medalist

    Jill Alvarado, BSN, RN, RNC-OB

    Jenifer Alvarez, BSN, RN

    Joy Arnette, MSN, RN, CMSRN

    Delia Bell, BSN, RN, CMSRN

    Adrian Bituin, BSN, RN

    Megan Callihan, BSN, RN, CEN, SANE

    Rick Chan, BSN, RN, CWCN

    Raul Dimafiles, BSN, RN

    Slavica Dimitrijevic, RN

    Brianne Holder, BSN, RN, IBCLC

    Sarah Howell, MSN, RN

    Angela Jackson, BSN, RN, FAACM, ACM

    Gmiel Jones, BSN, RN

    Robyn Marsh, BSN, RN, CVRN-BC

    Shannon McNees, BSN, RN, RN-BC

    Melissa Melton, RN

    Shivani Patel, BSN, RN, CVRN-BC

    Savannah Prantil, MSN, RN, AGACNP-BC

    Courtney Stairhime, RN, RNC-OB

    Elizabeth Tellez, BSN, RN, RN-BC, CCE

    Jessica Thomas, BSN, RN

    Amelia Villanueva, BSN, RN, RNC-NIC, C-ELBW

    2021 Recipients

    Silver Medalist 
    Denise McNulty, DNP, RN, MS-HSA, NPD-BC, NE-BC

    Bronze Medalists
    Valarie Berard, BSN, RN
    Megan Callihan, BSN, RN
    Dianne Davis, BSN, RN, CA-SANE, CEN
    Blaine Derrick, BSN, RN
    Danielle Everts, BSN, RNC-OB
    Irish Grace Gumba, BSN, RN, CPAN
    Maria Iglesias, RN, BSN, CNOR
    Haley Jansky, BSN, RN
    Carol LaMonica-Way, MSN, RN, RNC-OB
    Jan Lim, BSN
    Elizabeth “Bing” Limjoco, RN
    Vanessa Lopez, BSN, RN, RN-BC
    Honey Mae Magto, MSN, RN, PMHNPc
    Cristina Montalban-Dimafiles, DNP, RN, CVRN BC
    Katherine Montes, BSN, RN, RN-BC
    Shantal Mosri, BSN, RN, RN-BC
    Vanessa Roe, BSN, RN, RN-BC
    Kimberly Thompson, MSN, RN, CVRN, CMSRN, CNML

     

    2020 Recipients

    Bronze Medalists
    Francis Aguilar, BSN, RN
    Jocelyn Antiola, BSN, RN, CAPA
    Zachary Armitage, MHA, MSN, RN-BC
    Keadra Bonner, BSN, RN
    James Borje, RN
    Cynthia Brady, RN
    Lauren Bussell, BSN, RN, MSN
    Eileen Calumpang, BSN, RN
    Diana Castillo, BSN, RN
    Stephen Davis, MSN, RN, CMSRN
    Christina Dimafiles, BSN, RN, CVRN-BC
    Carla Espinosa, BSN, RN, EMPT-P
    Lucia Flores, BSN, RN
    Diane Garib, MSN, ACNP
    Sandy Heartwell, BSN, RN
    Rogerica Iglesia, BSN, RN, RN-BC
    Jennifer Jackson, RN, MS
    Gabrielle Johnson, BSN, RN, CVRN
    Mary Knobles, BSN, RN
    Devin Lindsey, BSN, RN, CVRN-BC
    Robyn Marsh, BSN, RN
    Lisa Mauricio, MSN, RN, CCRN
    Catherine Nicol, BSN, RN
    Samone Poradek, BSN, RN
    Leung Shiu, BSN, RN
    Veena Smith, MSN, RN-BC
    Mila Sprouse, MSN, RN, CCRN
    Anthony Teves, BSN, RN

     

    2020 Houston Chronicle Salute to Nurses Recipients

    The Houston Chronicle's annual Salute to Nurses recognizes the service, stamina and dedication of area nurses. Nominations are penned by medical professionals and patients from specialty clinics to community health care centers, from suburban hospitals and the region’s schools and facilities. The Top 150 nurses are selected by a panel of educators, professionals and leaders in the field for their work.

     

    2021 Recipients
    Top 150 Houston Nurses:
    Roy Asuncion
    Aldwin Bolongaita
    LaTasha Broussard
    Stephen Davis
    Cristina Dimafiles
    Gabriel Garcia
    Carol LaMonica-Way
    Anna Thomas

     

    2020 Recipients
    Top 15 Recipient:
    Christa Duffy

     

    Top 150 Houston Nurses:
    Elizabeth “Liz” Fennell
    Juliana Armachuelo
    Keeley Harmon
    Jerly Tiu