Two Texas Children’s nursing leaders amongst inaugural Texas Medical Center Leadership Institute graduates

Gail Parazynski and Denise Tanner-Brown are amongst 16 nursing leaders across the Texas Medical Center who participated in the inaugural Nursing Leadership Institute (NLI) certificate program. Each leader was hand-selected by their chief nursing officer or chief executive officer at their respective institutions to participate in this program.

Parazynski and Tanner-Brown recently graduated from the program after identifying a healthcare organizational performance improvement project and presenting their own proposed project plan to address that project. The inaugural NLI class met monthly for lectures, discussions, peer coaching and case-based learning. The NLI was created based on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) 2011 report on The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. The report challenges nurses to take a leadership role and collaborate with their clinical partners to improve patient outcomes.

“This report focused on nursing as the lynchpin to improve health care outcomes in the United States and meet the goal of health care reform,” said Chief Nursing Officer Lori Armstrong. “It validated the critical role that nurses play in improving outcomes.”

Armstrong is interim-chair of the Texas Medical Center’s Nursing Executive Advisory Council and served on the planning team that developed the curriculum for the program. The program is designed to improve the delivery of health care through the development of sophisticated collaborative leadership skills. Dr. Robert Robbins, president and chief executive officer of TMC.

“I want to congratulate all of you for your hard work,” said Dr. Robert C. Robbins, president and chief executive officer of the Texas Medical Center, at the ceremony. “My hope is that you have not only learned some invaluable information and gathered the tools to make a difference as leaders, but that you’ve also made lifelong friendships with people who you might otherwise not have had the opportunity to meet.”