Awards and Recognition
UT Southwestern has retained its ranking as the No. 1 hospital in Dallas-Fort Worth and as the No. 2 hospital in Texas, according to U.S. News & World Report. These rankings are a testament to the passion our nurses, other clinicians, and staff of our University Hospitals and Clinics have for providing exceptional care to patients and support for their families in North Texas.
An important part of our culture of excellence is to reward and recognize those who have gone above and beyond in providing excellent service and care to our patients. The Meritorious Service Award is bestowed annually to UT Southwestern staff who have provided extraordinary service and care to our patients and demonstrate an excellent work ethic and performance.
Research and Innovation
As a leading academic medical center, we support our nurses to push past the status quo to create a new level of excellence.Nurses at all levels seek new knowledge and evidence to frame their practice in leadership, clinical education, advanced practice, and direct patient care. Structures and processes have been developed and implemented to involve more nurses in the research process, as well as to disseminate new nursing knowledge gained through research efforts and contributions.
UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Nursing Research Program includes two strong components that support nursing research, along with a variety of resources to help support integration of current evidence into practice. The UT Southwestern Library provides electronic, web, and personnel resources to assist with searching and acquiring relevant evidence to guide and transform professional nursing practice.
UT Southwestern Nursing Shared Governance Structure
Clinical nurses have a voice within the UT Southwestern Shared Governance organizational structure, which is built on a solid foundation of teamwork and collaboration. Shared decision-making and accountability empower nurses with a process for determining professional nursing practice. These organizational standards are developed through staff-led interdisciplinary committees, task forces, and councils to improve patient outcomes and their experiences. Nurses of all levels take conscious ownership of patient care, safety, ethics, research, performance improvement, and evidence-based practice.
Our shared governance structure supports the practicing nurse as a key decision maker with a credible, sought after perspective. This model strengthens practice by supporting relationships and partnerships among clinical areas, providing an innovative and collaborative environment to bolster our quality patient outcomes.