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Published:  December 15, 2010

Patrick Laird of St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital honored with Texas Nursing Award

Patrick Laird, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, CCRN,  Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Director of Critical Care Services at St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital (SLWH), has been honored with the 2010 Texas Nursing Award in November at the 20th Texas Nurses District 9 Foundation’s celebration of The International year of the Nurse. 

Laird was among 20 nurses to be honored by the Texas Nurses Association for outstanding performance in nursing.  The honorees were nominated from TNA’s District 9, which covers an eight-county area with more than 39,000 nurses, who were recognized for their extraordinary contributions to the nursing profession,  healthcare and to their local communities.
Patrick received a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing, and is currently completing the requirements for a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. He has held previous positions as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Cardiovascular Care Unit and at Woodlands Internists. Patrick has utilized evidence-based practice to design and implement an induced hypothermia protocol for neuroprotection following cardiac arrest at SLWH. In 2009, Laird published a peer-reviewed meta-analysis on induced hypothermia in the Internet Journal of Advanced Nursing Practice.  As a patient advocate, he has affected cardiovascular care at St. Luke’s The Woodlands by leading the hospital in obtaining accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers as a Chest Pain Center with PCI and the development of a semi-closed intensivist model for ICU to decrease communication time.  In recognition of his many achievements, he was also selected as a Bronze Medalist for the Good Samaritan Foundation Excellence in Nursing Award in 2010.
He complements three other nurses from SLWH who have received the Texas Nursing Award:  Mary Ann Lewis, BSN, RN, CWOCN, Nurse Clinician, (awarded in 1996); Teresa M. Oehler, BSN, RN-C, Manager of Clinical Education, (1997); and Peg Reiter, RN, PhD, Chief Nursing Officer, who was (awarded in 2000).
“Patrick is certainly an asset to St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital," said Peg Reiter.  "It's rare to have a nurse with his abundant skill set within a community hospital setting. We are very proud of him. I look forward to more of my staff being recognized in future years.”

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