Posted by: Steve | December 30, 2011

An important part of the heart-care team

By Stephen O’Brien

Below is a story by Quynh Tran, a PR speciliast at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas, about one of our very best here at Texas Health Dallas, Elizabeth Abderrahman, R.N., M.S.N., M.B.A. She’s the nurse manager of our hospital’s  heart and vascular inteventional unit.

Nurse Manager at Texas Health Dallas Accepted into Prestigious AONE Fellowship Program

DALLAS — Elizabeth Abderrahman, R.N., M.S.N., M.B.A., nurse manager of the heart and vascular interventional unit at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, has been accepted into the 2012 fellowship class of The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). Abderrahman is one in three nurse leaders in Texas and one of only 34 nationally to be accepted into the prestigious program.

“We are so very proud of Elizabeth. She is a great example of a leader who fulfills the mission, vision, and values of our hospital with a true passion for excellence,” said Cole Edmonson, D.N.P., R.N., FACHE, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at Texas Health Dallas. “She is well respected by her peers, hospital leadership and physicians in the organization and in the community.”

“She leads with integrity in a caring, competent and compassionate manner with the heart of a true servant leader,” he added.

The AONE Nurse Manager Fellowship program fills a void that currently exists in the education and development of nurse managers, according to the organization. The goal of the program is to ensure the future vitality of nursing leadership by meeting practice needs of the nurse manager and assuring nurse leaders are perceived as valuable members of their hospital management and executive teams. The program also helps fellows strengthen their current skills, acquire new competencies and further their leadership within their organization.

“I am honored to represent Texas Health Dallas and all of Texas Health Resources in this national fellowship,” Abderrahman said. “I am excited and eager to begin in January. This is a wonderful opportunity to grow in my career and help others grow theirs.”

The year-long fellowship incorporates the Nurse Manager Learning Domain Framework, with renowned faculty and experts in nursing leadership and management. The fellowship curriculum is broken into three parts:

  • The Science: Managing the Business(financial and human resource management, performance improvement, foundational thinking skills, technology, and strategic management)
  • The Art: Leading and Managing the People(leadership skills, relationship management and influencing behaviors, diversity, and shared decision making)
  • The Leader Within (personal and professional accountability, career planning, personal journey disciplines, and reflective practice)

Fellows attend four face-to-face retreats, educational conferences, and participate in experiential learning projects in which they are in constant contact with other fellows and faculty. An individual capstone project completes the curriculum. Through completion of the project, fellows gain insight and skill in the application of the competencies within the domain framework. The project focuses on an aspect of the learning framework, intended to benefit the sponsoring organization.

“Elizabeth is a natural leader,” Edmonson said, “who has been recognized as a change agent driving evidence based practices in her clinical areas, as well as a role model for us, most recently achieving her Certified Nurse Manager Leader from American Organization of Nurse Executives.”

Abderrahman has been involved in the Texas Health Resources Associates Campaign, an employee-driven fundraising program to improve hospital services, and the American Heart Walk.

“She also has been a proponent of continuing education in which she collaborated with physicians to provide ongoing in-services for staff,” said Elizabeth Asturi, M.S.N., R.N., NE-BC, associate chief nursing officer at Texas Health Dallas. Abderrahman implemented several innovative improvements for heart failure patients at Texas Health Dallas.

“Elizabeth is a shining example of a nurse leader who has helped improve patient care beyond the units she oversees, improving care delivered throughout the organization,” said Joan Shinkus Clark, D.N.P., R.N., NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE, FAAN, senior vice president and system chief nurse executive for Texas Health Resources. “This fellowship reflects that commitment to patient care and will help her advance her career in the coming years and advance clinician care at Texas Health Dallas, and all of the Texas Health hospitals.”

Abderrahman has been a recipient of the Longmire Award for Academic Excellence. She is also a member of the North Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, American Organization of Nurse Executives Diversity Committee, Association of Critical Care Nurses, Association of Critical Care Nurses, and Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is an 898-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, having provided compassionate care to the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities since 1966. US News and World Report has ranked Texas Health Dallas among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Dallas has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit


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