Two University Hospital RNs named to Great 100

UT Southwestern University Hospital nurses Parvaneh Barron and Tracy McGaw have been selected to the 2011 Dallas/Fort Worth Great 100.

The Great 100 recognizes 100 professional registered nurses each year who have been nominated by their peers, practice sites, families and patients entrusted to their care. The nominees are primarily from Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding counties.

From left: Parvaneh Barron, Tracy McGaw

The nurses come from all practice areas and were honored at The Great 100 celebration April 27 at Dallas’ Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

Parvaneh Barron

Born in Iran, Ms. Barron came to UT Southwestern in 2006 as an intern and works the night shift on 3N at University Hospital - St. Paul. She was a clinical researcher and educator in the field of midwifery and maternal child, holding a master’s degree in her native country and teaching obstetrical nursing students at her local university.

Ms. Barron also wrote a research paper on ectopic pregnancies that was accepted for oral presentation by the Federation of International Gynecologists and Obstetricians. That event brought her to the United States.

She was influenced to become a nurse by her experiences ministering to Kurdish women and children during a chemical weapons attack by the forces of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. But becoming a nurse meant going back to school to improve her English and to take the courses required to obtain her bachelor’s in nursing at Texas Woman’s University. She is now studying to become a nurse practitioner.

Described as a leader and role model, Ms. Barron has served as preceptor for many nurses. In her spare time, she is mother to a 2-year-old and is also the sponsor of two children from Africa. She also volunteers at a homeless shelter. Ms. Barron has received the gold PACT pin two years in a row and adds Great 100 to a long list of accomplishments.

“It was hard to retake all the requirements,” she said, “but I wanted to be a nurse so that I could make a difference. Nursing gives me an inner peace, a joy, to be able to change the lives of patients.”

Tracy McGaw

Ms. McGaw, a University Hospital - Zale Lipshy nurse since 1990, has been clinical educator for the fifth, sixth and seventh floors at the hospital. She recently added apheresis, the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and BMT Outpatient clinics to her responsibilities. Ms. McGaw was nominated not only by UT Southwestern but also by Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine, where she works weekends.

As clinical educator for multiple specialty medical-surgical units, Ms. McGaw is dedicated to growing future nurses. She guides nurses in clinical ladder pursuits and works with new residents and attending physicians to support nursing staff in ensuring the best patient-centered care.

She was a board member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses for several years and is co-contributor to a soon-to-be-published book on critical care. Ms. McGaw developed the template for the current model of the graduate nurse internship offered at UT Southwestern and is championing a quality initiative to decrease the central line infection rates among bone marrow transplant patients.

Among her accomplishments is the Zale Patient Care award, given by the children of Donald and Barbara Zale.

“As a nurse educator, I have the unique opportunity to share a two-pronged vision with nurses in a variety of settings, namely, ‘we are all essential members of the health care team’ and ‘always pursue knowledge/expertise and excellence,’” Ms. McGaw said. “Particularly important to me are our new graduate nurses. They are our future and as an educator, I hope that I instill a drive for excellence that will continue during their entire career.”

April 11-20, 2011 /