Chief nursing officer at UT Health Center elected president of District 19 of Texas Nurses Association

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Kleanthe Caruso, RN, vice president for Patient Care Operations and chief nursing officer at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, has been elected president of District 19 of the Texas Nurses Association.

“My goal is to foster collaboration with neighboring TNA districts and other professional nursing organizations in the area. Every district has different issues. I want to identify what the issues are in this region and then work on them,” Caruso said.

“I would like to see District 19 become a kind of think tank, to put our collective knowledge together and determine how we can improve the work environment for nurses and thus improve the care our patients receive. I’m proud to have been elected president,” she said.

District 19, which includes Tyler and Smith County, has about 100 members. Caruso’s two-year term ends in September 2008.

“It’s important to have a strong professional organization such as the TNA that can provide a voice for the nursing profession, especially when state lawmakers are consider bills that affect nurses,” Caruso said.

She joined the Health Center in June 2005, coming from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. At UTMB, Caruso was the director of Medical/Surgical Nursing and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Prison Hospital, a position she held for six years.

Caruso has a master’s of science in nursing administration from The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Galveston. She has a bachelor’s of science in nursing from The University of Texas Nursing School in Galveston.

Caruso is certified in advanced nursing administration by the American Nurses Association. In addition, Caruso has a post-graduate certificate from The University of Pennsylvania School of Business. She also is certified as a correctional health professional.

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