Two Harris Health System nurses are among the 20 Outstanding Nurses for 2016, an award given by the Texas Nurses Association, District 9. The pair joins honorees nominated by peers and coworkers as exemplary registered nurses from greater Houston.
Matthew Schlueter, chief nursing officer, Ben Taub and Quentin Mease hospitals, and Rosalyn Jones-Waters, nursing clinical manager, Oncology, Ben Taub Hospital, were recognized during a Nov. 10 dinner and award ceremony.
Schlueter, RN, MSN, MBA, NE-BC, PHN, is currently enrolled in a PhD program in nursing science. During his tenure at Ben Taub Hospital, his team has achieved designation as a Baby-Friendly Hospital, accreditations for Chest Pain Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center and Level I Trauma re-verification by the American College of Surgeons.
Schlueter, the Heights resident, also has led Quentin Meese Hospital staff to achieve Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) designation, one of the most prestigious recognitions for a rehabilitation and physical medicine service. His focus is on maximizing safety and enhancing the quality of care provided and to create a positive environment for patients and staff. He serves as a preceptor for students and mentors staff on the importance of achieving high quality healthcare measures.
Jones-Waters, BSN, RN, OCN, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lamar University. She is an oncology certified nurse with more than 25 years of experience in roles ranging from staff nurse, oncology quality coordinator to nurse manager. In her current role, she advocates for quality patient care, mentors and empowers staff, and encourages professional development through ongoing education, participation in shared governance and involvement in professional nursing organizations.
Jones-Waters, the Katy resident, serves on several interdisciplinary committees including the radiation safety committee, fall prevention workgroup, and Beacon implementation. Her unit was the recipient of a Harris Health Sapphire Luminary Award for Nursing Quality in 2016. She is a member of Texas Nursing Association and the Oncology Nursing Society— formerly serving as Houston chapter president and currently serves as chair of community outreach.
Harris Health employs 2,400 registered nurses throughout its network of hospitals, health centers and specialty facilities, a majority in direct patient care roles. Of the total number, 1,146 RNs work at Ben Taub Hospital, 667 RNs work at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital and 353 in Ambulatory Care Services.