UT Health Science Center at Tyler promotes two employees and hires new nurse anesthetist

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Two employees of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler have been promoted and the institution has hired a certified registered nurse anesthetist.

Nina Wallace-Gross, RN, has been named director of ambulatory services. Jan Jordan, RN, MSN, has been named director of nursing, quality, and compliance.

In addition, UTHSCT recently hired Jason Barnette, RN, MSNA, a certified registered nurse anesthetist.

At UTHSCT, Wallace-Gross has served as charge nurse and nurse manager of the Heart and Lung Center; director of ambulatory nursing, specialty; and director of ambulatory nursing, clinical.

She came to the Health Science Center in 2003 from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

She recently was elected president of District 19 of the Texas Nurses Association; her term runs from 2009 to 2011.

Wallace-Gross also was recognized as a 2008 Emerging Leader by the Texas Nurses Association and Texas Nurses Foundation. While at UTMB, she was the 2003 Preceptor of the Year.

Wallace-Gross plans to finish her master’s in nursing leadership and management from Walden University next year. She is a member of Walden University’s International Nursing Honor Society.

Jordan joined UTHSCT earlier this year as director of nursing quality assurance, ambulatory care.

From 2002-2008, she was the school health advocate-liaison between school nurses and the New Mexico Department of Health.

She also has been a full-time nursing instructor at Eastern New Mexico University in Roswell, N.M.; a nurse in a radiation oncology department; an operating room nurse at ENMMC in Roswell; and the operating room nurse at Martin County Hospital in Stanton, Texas.

Jordan has a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix.

She has served as president of the American Business Women’s Association, first vice president of the New Mexico Nurses Association, and president of District V of the NMNA. The NMNA named her Nurse of the Year in 1999.

Barnette has been a certified registered nurse anesthetist since 2002.

CRNAs are registered nurses who have further training in the supervised administration of anesthesia. He is certified in advanced life support and pediatric advanced life support.

He has worked at Good Shepherd Medical Center and Longview Regional Medical Center.

Barnette received his Master of Science in Nursing Anesthesia from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth and his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas at Tyler.

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