ANCC Magnet® journey

Temple Region has achieved Magnet nursing designation

The Magnet® Recognition Program designates organizations worldwide where nursing leaders successfully align their nursing strategic goals to improve the organization’s patient outcomes. The Magnet Recognition Program provides a roadmap to nursing excellence, which benefits the whole of an organization. To nurses, Magnet Recognition means education and development through every career stage, which leads to greater autonomy at the bedside. To patients, it means the very best care, delivered by nurses who are supported to be the very best that they can be.

The Temple region designation extends to all the region's clinics, the Continuing Care Hospital and Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's Medical Center. The Temple region achieved designation on February 4, 2021.

What it means to achieve Magnet status video

Transformational leadership

  • Baylor Scott & White Temple Region Nursing encompasses three hospitals, multiple ambulatory clinics and hospice care in five counties of central Texas.
  • Nursing Leadership puts the patient first in care that emphasizes safety and best outcomes.
  • All Nursing Leaders completed the Professional Fundamentals Series in 2019.
  • Eight leaders completed the Baylor Scott & White Health/SMU Nurse Executive Fellowship Program.
  • The Strategic Plan of Nursing for Fiscal Year 2020 was done in a collaborative program in March 2019.
  • Marisa Merlino, MHA, RN-BC, CNOR, CSSM, Pavilion, is the National President of AORN for the 2019-2020 term.

Exemplary professional practice

  • Nurses are nominated by peers and other healthcare disciplines for the annual Top 30 Nurses of Central Texas
  • Nurses are recognized by patients and families through the DAISY program
  • McLane Children’s Medical Center—ANCC Pathway Designated
  • Vasicek Cancer Treatment Center nurses were recognized by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation for achieving more than 50% Oncology Certified Nurses—Mission: Lifeline
  • STEMI Receiving Center—Gold Plus
  • Level 1 Trauma Center
  • Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program
  • Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • Texas 10 Steps Breastfeeding Facility
  • Center of Excellence for Bariatrics
  • Six Sigma Green Belt Certification achieved by Shonna Bracco, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CSSGB; Rebecca Calhoun, MSN, RN-BC, SCRN, NEA-BC, CSSGB; Zachary Weekly, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, CSSGB; and Sara Laack, BSN, RN, CDE, CSSGB. Their Workplace Violence presentation was selected as one of the top three projects by the DFW Hospital Council Foundation

Structural empowerment

  • ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation Program with Distinction
  • BSN rate 64.9%
  • Certification rate 52.1%
  • Nursing Shared Governance provides input from direct patient care staff of many disciplines to provide the most current best practices to our patients at all levels of care
  • Nurses are members of multi-disciplinary teams for service lines and specialty areas
  • Nurses participate in system-level decision-making
  • Professional organization standards are implemented by staff members involved in their specialty organization at local and national levels
  • Community involvement by nursing staff is supported for free clinics, support groups, school programs, city and county outreach, boards and education
  • Scholarships, tuition reimbursement, certification fees and continuing education are available to all nursing staff
  • Career counseling is provided through Nursing Professional Development for staff interested in advancing their education or branching out to other areas of nursing

New knowledge, innovations and improvements



  • Bill Aston Award
  • 2017, First Place People, Scott & White Center for Diagnostic Medicine, Reducing Staff Turnover
  • 2018-2019 Evidence-Based Practice Fellowship at the Health Innovation Institute through Harris College, Texas Christian University, Kathryn Mayo, BSN, RN, PCCN, 4 South
  • 2018 McLane Children’s Medical Center for Better Outcomes for Pediatric Asthma
  • 2019 Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple Medical Center for C. diff reduction
  • 2019 Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple inaugural Acute Care Internship
  • 2019 Westfield Family Medicine self-schedule Skype appointments

Poster presentations

  • Examining the Impact of Standardization of Central Line Nursing Care by Jamie Sodek, BSN, RN, Laurie Herzer, MPH, RN, Amy Hudson, MSN, RN, Debra Knight, BSN, RN, Sicily Reed, RN, Calvinette Richardson Moore, MSN, RN, and Eileen Stock, RN at the 45 Annual Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Charlotte, North Carolina, June 2016
  • Caring for a Patient with a Continent Ileostomy During and After Liver Surgery by Karen  Simmons, MSN, RN. won an Outstanding Poster Presentation at the WOCN Society & CAET International Conference.  in Montreal Canada, June 2016
  • Nursing Buddy System and a Work Culture of Patient and Nurse Safety by Jeliza Ibarra, RN, April Jones, MSN, RN & Katelin Arnold, MSN, RN won an Outstanding Poster Presentation  at the BSWH Quality Summit, Waxahachie, Texas, June 24, 2016
  • Crafting a Nursing Students Optimal Clinical Rotation in the Emergency Department by Tony Woodard, MSN, RN, CNS,  Laurie Herzer, MPH, BSN, RN, OCN,  Phyllis Hart Tipton, PhD, RN, Cristy Wade, MX, and Richard Gilder, MS, RN-BC, CNOR, at the Emergency Nursing Association Conference,  Los Angeles, California, September 14, 2016
  • Development and Implementation of a New Graduate Nurse Program Transition to Practice Program:  The Importance of Collaborative Relationships by Laurel Pilkington, DNP, RN-BC, CPEN, CCRN and Beth Goodridge, MSN, RN-BC.  Presented at the 9th Annual National Doctors of Nursing Practice Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, October 7, 2016
  • Comparison of Offsite and Onsite On-Call Provider Response Times:  A Prospective Descriptive Study  by Elizabeth Kiesle, BSN, RN-BC, at the American Nurses Association National Conference, Tampa, Florida, March 1, 2017
  • Comparing Variables Associated with Successfully Completed Versus Unfinished Nursing Research Projects by Phyllis Hart Tipton, PhD, RN-BC, Laurel Pilkington, ,DNP, RN-BC, CPEN, CCRN, D’Ann Orr, MSN, RN-BC, and Char Peery, PhD. at the 5th Annual BSWH Research Day,  Temple, Texas, April 6, 2017
  • Creating a Split Flow-Model for Level 3 ED Patients  by Brooke Cabello, BSN, RN, Ami Patel RN, Sandra Goff, BSN, RN Bertha Ruscio, BSN, RN and Tony Woodard, MSN, RN was selected as one of the Outstanding Posters at the 5th Annual BSWH Research Day, Temple, Texas, April 6, 2017
  • Implementing a Comprehensive CLABSI Initiative by Jonathan Khalil, RN at the Children Hospital Association Solutions for Patient Safety National Conference, Dallas, Texas. May, 24, 2017
  • Competencies from Swamped to Successful by D’Ann Orr, MSN, RN & Laurie Herzer, MPH, BSN, RN, OCN at the National Association of Nursing Professional Development Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, 7/18/2017
  • Flipped:  Removing the "Ouchie" From Pain Management Education by Sandi Coufal, RN, MSN, CPN, Kelly Horn, RN, MSN, CPON, Victoria Dominguez, RN, BSN, CCRN, and Paulette -Montelongo, RN, BSN at the National Association of Nursing Professional Development Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana, July 18, 2017
  • Creating a Split Flow Model for Level 3 ED Patients by Brooke Cabello, BSN, RN, Ami Patel, RN,  Bertha Ruscio, BSN, RN and Tony Woodard, MSN, RN-BC at the Emergency Nurses Association National Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, August, 13, 2017
  • Comparison of Offsite and Onsite On-Call Provider Response Times by Lizzie Kiesle, BSN, RN and Phyllis Hooten, PhD, RN-BC at the Sigma Theta Tau Delta Theta  Innovation Through Education, Research and EBP Conference, Arlington, Texas, March 9,2018 and at the First Annual Advancing Excellence at the Point of Care Conference, Temple, Texas, April 23, 2018
  • Does a Unit Based Intervention Decrease Experienced  and Witnessed Disruptive Behaviors by Gerald Bryant, DNP, RN, Denise Stewart, DNP, RN, Jamie Sodek MSN, RN, Kathryn Mayo, BSN, RN, Tony Woodard, MSN, RN, Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, and Phyllis Hooten, PhD,, RN-BC at the 6th Annual BSWH Research Day, Temple, Texas, April 12, 2018 and at the First Annual Advancing Excellence at the Point of Care Conference, Temple, Texas, April 23, 2018
  • Diabetes Community Outreach Research Project by Morgan Hayes, RN; Tanya Beard, BSN, RN-BC; Rebecca Calhoun, MSN, RN-BC, SCRN; Jennifer Cross, BSN, RN; Elbeida Martinez, Ciara Saunders, BSN, RN, Zackery Weekly, BSN, RN-BC at the 6th Annual BSWH Research Day, Temple, Texas, April 12, 2018
  • Developing an Effective Morbidity and Mortality Conference for Operating Room Nurses, Amy Brunson, BSN, RN, CNOR at 12thAnnual Health Research Forum, Waco, Texas April 2018; OR Manager Conference, Nashville, Tennessee September 2018;at 2019 TONE Annual Conference, Dallas, Texas March 2019; at AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo in Nashville, Tennessee April 2019
  • Residency Rescue 911 by Tony Woodard, MSN, RN-BC, CNS, ACNS-BC, CEN, CMTE, LP, Melissa Baldwin, MSN, RN and Laurie Herzer, MPH, BSN, RN-BC, OCN at the Vizient Conference, March 2019
  • Instrumentation Availability and Loss Prevention: "LOST IN SPACE" by Jay E. LallitinII, RN and Tawnya Sharke, MHA, ST, CRCST at the AORN Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, April 2019
  • Education Delivery to a Multispecialty and Expansive Ambulatory Care Health System by Libby Barton, RN-BC at the AAACN Conference in May 2019
  • Knowledge and Awareness of Familial Adenomatous Polyposis Can Save Lives - A Family's Experience by Karen Simmons, MSN, RN, CWOCN at the WOCNext Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, June 2019
  • Does Utilizing the Acute Care Nurse in Community Diabetes Education Improve Quality of Life in the Unfunded, at-Risk Population? by Tanya Beard, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC & Zachary Weekley, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC at the 2019 AMSN Annual Convention in Chicago, Illinois, September 2019
  • Social media use among adolescents being evaluated for sexual abuse by Gessica Finley, BSN, RN, SANE-P, CA-SANE, CP-SANE, Lea Mallett, PhD, Pamela Greene, MD at The 2019 International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice in New Orleans, Louisiana in September 2019.
  • CHF Education Initiative by Kathryn Mayo, BSN, RN, PCCN at the Health Innovation Institute in Ft. Worth Texas, September 2019
  • The Journey Toward Pressure Injury Prevention with EEG Placement by Amy Arevalo, MSN, RN, HACP; Micha Elliot, MBA, BSN, RN-BC; Lynn Kuehn, Neurodiagnostic Technician; Melanie Mabe, RN, CPNP; Kalyn Robicheaux, RN; at the Fall 2019 Children's Hospitals' Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS) National Learning Session Logistics in Houston Texas. - Reduced Length of Stay with Infant Driven Feeding, by Amy Arevalo, MSN, RN, HACP, at the Bill Aston Quality and Patient Safety Summit October 10, 2019.
  • A Nurse Driven Initiative: The Implementation of Volume Based Feedings in an Intensive Care Unit by Marlene Porter, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN; Michelle Travnicek, MCN, RN, CNSD, LD; Harper Neal, BSNRN, CCRN; Margaret Collins, BSN, RN, CCRN at the 2019 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Utilizing Chart Champions: Benefit of Chart Audits in QAPI, by Arica Smith, MSN, RNC-NIC at Vermont Oxford Network and National Association of Neonatal Nurses.

Podium presentations

  • Implementing a comprehensive CLABSI Initiative, Danielle Egan, BSN, RN, HACP, Stephanie Dodd, RN, Jordan Colbaugh, RN, Children's Hospital Association of Texas (CHAT) Quality and Safety Symposium, Austin, Texas, October 26, 2017
  • Crafting a Nursing Student's Optimal Clinical Rotation in the ED, Tony Woodard, MSN, RN and Laurie Herzer, MPH, RN, First Annual Advancing Excellence at the Point of Care Conference, Temple, Texas, April 23, 2018
  • Improving the Discharge Process, Jaylee Hilliard, MSN, RN, NEA-BC &Tara Lyngass, BSN, RNC-NIC DFW Collaborative, Ft. Worth, Texas, September 2018
  • Utilizing Chart Champions: Benefit of Chart Audits in QAPI, by Arica Smith, MSN, RNC-NIC at the DFW Collaborative, Ft. Worth, Texas, September 2018
  • Responding Leaders: When Patients and Families or Visitors Cross the Line, Shonna Bracco, DNP, RN, ,& Rebecca Calhoun, MSN, RN, , Texas Organization of Nurse Executives Annual Conference, Dallas, Texas, September 2018
  • In creating a healthy workforce, does a unit-based intervention decrease experienced and witnessed disruptive behaviors? Jamie Sodek, MSN, RN, CIC ,2019 Texas Organization of Nurse Executives Annual Conference, Dallas, Texas, March 2019
  • Flipping the classroom to your advantage, Melissa Baldwin, MSN, RN and Tony Woodard, RN-BC, APRN-CNS, ACNS-BC, CEN, CMTE, LP, 2019 Vizient/AACN NRP Annual Conference, March 2019
  • The Race to Amazing: Driving Safety and satisfaction Improvements, Katie Jones, BSN, RN, CPXP & Lynnae Gropp, BSN, RN, 2019 American Organization of Nurse Executives Annual Conference, San Diego, California, April 2019 and the BSWH Advancing Nursing Excellence at the Point of Care Symposium, Temple, Texas, April 2019
  • Safe Passage While Caring for a CJD Patient, Amy Brunson, MSN, RN, CNOR, Michelle Deorsam, RN, CNOR, & Colleen Sherrard, MSN, RN, at 2019 Advancing Nursing Excellence at the Point of Care Conference in Temple, Texas April 2019
  • Airway Stenosis and Nursing Role, Svenja Atchley, BSN, RN-BC, CORLN Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nurses 33rdAnnual spring Conference, Austin, Texas, May 2019
  • Accidental Discharge of the Fire Sprinkler System in a Level I Trauma Center Operating Room, Teresa Barnett, BSN, RN, CIC & William Schreier, RN, CIC, at the APIC 46thAnnual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 2019 - Telehealth Nursing, by Kendra Sutton, DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC and Patricia Phelps, MSN, RN, BC at the 2019 Specialty Nursing Conference: Transforming Healthcare Across the Continuum in June of 2019.
  • The Journey Toward Pressure Injury Prevention with EEG Placement by Amy Arevalo, MSN, RN, GACP and Micha Elliot, MBS, RN-BC at the Fall 2019 Children's Hospitals' Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS) National Learning Session Logistics in Houston Texas, 2019
  • Stop the Bleed: Teaching the next generation - One student at a time: AJ Malek, EK Nes, HW Stagg, KR Cehand, DC Little. Presented at APSA 2019. - Daily Huddles: Starting with First Case On-Time Starts (FCOTS) and Ending with a Culture of Safety, Amy Brunson, MSN, RN, CNOR in Anaheim, California, March 2020   


  • The Effects of a rapid response team on decreasing cardiac arrest rates and improving Outcomes for cardiac arrest rates outside of a critical care area by Melissa Angel, FNP, RN, Mira Ghneim, MD, Juhee Song, PhD, Jason Brocker, MD, Phyllis Hart Tipton, PhD, RN, & Matthew Davis, M.D., MEDSURG Nursing 2016, Volume 25, Number 3, 153-158.
  • Comparison of off-site and on-site on-call provider response times by Lizzie Kiesle, BSN, RN-BC (4 South); Phyllis Hooten, PhD, RN (CTX Nurse Researcher) Nursing 2018, Volume 48, Number 8 ,61-65
  • Structured telephonic consultation to decrease heart failure readmissions by Patricia Phelps, MSN, RN, BC & Kendra Sutton, DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC, MEDSURG Nursing, 2018, Volume 27, Number 3, 153-172.
  • Driving to Zero Harm with Morbidity & Mortality Conferences by Amy Brunson, Phyllis Hooten, Cari Furst & Wencong Cheng, American Nurse Today, 2019, Volume 14, Number 9, 46-49
  • Book Review  of Dare to Lead: Brave Work Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. Marlene Porter, MSN, RN, TCRN, CEN-NPD Specialist; ANPD Trendlines, 30, No.3, page 7, March 2019
  • Emergency Nurse Perceptions of Disaster Preparedness After Implementation of Department Emergency Operation Plan, Angela Gentry, MSN, RN, TCRN, Thesis and Dissertations from 2019. 13,
  • Professional Advocacy: Are You Involved? by Sheila Hale, MSN, RN, CRNI, VA-BC, AVA Intravascular Quarterly, Volume IX, Issue 4, page 29, November 2019
  • Pediatric Staff Nurses’ Conceptualizations of Professional Development by Laurel Pilkington, DNP, RN-BC, CPEN, CCRN-K and Phyllis Hooten, PhD, RN, Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 2019, Volume 45, pages51-56.
  • Working with families impacted by the opioid crisis:  Education, best practices, and providing hope by Aida Sapp, PhD, RN and Phyllis Hooten, PhD, RN-BC, Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 2019, 33 (5) 3-8.

ASPIRE projects

  • Rebecca Brown, BSN, RN, Santa Fe Clinic: Clinic Wide Wellness Program
  • Morgan Hayes, RN, 6 North: study comparing the impact that community diabetic education has on hospital readmissions
  • Tabitha Titsworth, BSN, RN, ONC, 5 South: coordinated an interdisciplinary education day focusing on the holistic care of tracheostomy patients to increase nurses’ competence and confidence
  • Amy Brunson, BSN, RN, CNOR, PeriOp: Positive impact of an improved nursing morbidity and mortality conference format.
  • Nick Betz, MSN, RN, CPEN, Transport Nurse, McLane Children’s: Products used to stabilize PIVs and how to correctly apply them
  • Niels Tobiasson, BSN, RN, Operating Room: Aromatherapy in the post-op setting to alleviate patient anxiety and nausea
  • Gay Kurtz, MSN, RN, CNL, CEN, LSSBB, Emergency Department: The potential impact of a centralized discharge lounge on ED boarding and hospital throughput