Mobility center's Davis honored as one of DFW Great 100 Nurses

By Aline McKenzie

May 2010

A coalition of professional associations has named Lisa Davis, a senior registered nurse at the Mobility Foundation Center for Rehabilitation Research, one of the 2010 DFW Great 100 Nurses.

“This recognition comes because I have really good people in my group who know that what nurses do is important,” said Ms. Davis, who works in the cerebrovascular/stroke clinic, teaching patients about the importance of a healthy diet and of risk factors such as high blood pressure, smoking and diabetes.

Lisa Davis

“I work with all of the patients the neurologists see in the clinic — no matter the diagnosis — and I like patient education best,” she said. “We try to teach people that stroke isn’t a death sentence, and it’s often preventable.”

Ms. Davis also coordinates participation of the staffs of the clinic and the Mobility Foundation Center in health fairs, where nurses and doctors do health assessments and give advice on prevention and risk factors.

“Working with Lisa has been a privilege for me,” said Dr. Mark Johnson, associate professor of neurology and head of the cerebrovascular/stroke clinic. “She consistently puts patients and patient care front and center. Weekly, I receive comments from patients on how much Lisa has helped them. I thank her for making me a better doctor.”

Five co-workers nominated Ms. Davis for the honor.

“She spends a great deal of her time, both on the job and off, counseling, comforting and catering to her patients,” one nomination letter stated. “She is a patient advocate who always treats her patients with the same respect and dignity that we would all like to be afforded.”

Ms. Davis, a native of Gatesville, Texas, and daughter of a nurse, didn’t grow up wanting to follow in her mother’s footsteps.

“It was always there — I grew up knowing what a nurse does,” she said. “My mom is one who, if you’re sick, you call her up to figure out what you should do. She never minded people asking her.”

She said her mother knew how difficult and demanding the work was, and neither urged her daughter to become a nurse nor discouraged her.

“About halfway through college,” Ms. Davis said, “I realized I didn’t want to be a teacher, didn’t want to be a doctor, didn’t want to be a lawyer — I wanted to be the person you could talk to.”

She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Baylor University in 1987 and joined the UT Southwestern Mobility Foundation Center in 1998.

The Great 100 Nurses honor is sponsored by the Texas Nurses Association, a branch of the American Nurses Association, The North Central Organization of Nurse Executives, and the Texas Nurses Association, District 3. Information about the award and the recipients is at www.thegreat100nurses.com/honorees.

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