UT Health Center at Tyler names three winners of 2007 Nursing Excellence Awards

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Three nurses at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler have won the 2007 Nursing Excellence Awards.

They are: Edna Dodgen, RN, winner of the Inpatient Nursing Excellence Award; Tracy Drake, RN, winner of the Outpatient Nursing Excellence Award; and Janet Seliga, RN, winner of the Nursing Support Excellence Award.

“We have some of the best nurses in Texas working here at the Health Center. The 2007 award winners are exceptional nurses who exemplify the very best of nursing and who embody the Health Center’s mission, vision, and values,” said Kleanthe Caruso, RN, vice president of patient care operations and chief nursing officer.

Dodgen is a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and has been with UTHSCT about 17 years. She is a clinical care leader in the emergency room.

Drake, who has been with UTHSCT for 14 years, is the charge nurse in UTHSCT’s Internal Medicine Clinic. She is a registered nurse and is board certified in community health.

Seliga, who has been with the Health Center for more than six years, is coordinator of nursing education.

She is a registered nurse, has a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas at Tyler, and is board certified in nursing professional development.

The awards were given during a Nurses Week breakfast held Wednesday, May 9.

The winners were selected from 26 nurses who were nominated by Health Center employees and contractors.

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