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Reyes-Salinas Receives Distinguished Award from National Latino Caucus

Graciela Reyes-Salinas, RN, BSN, a diabetes educator at Methodist Health System, has been awarded the 2006 Distinguished Nationally Known Health Professional Award from the American Public Health Association (APHA) Latino Caucus. The award was presented during the annual APHA meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

“We thank Ms. Reyes-Salinas for her passion and conviction in increasing the pool of Latino nurses in the United States,” noted her nomination letter.

In 2000, Ms. Reyes-Salinas championed a plan for the development of the International Bilingual Nurses Alliance (IBNA), an international collaborative of nursing organizations. The plan focused on identifying and addressing national barriers in credentialing and licensure processing for nurses; developing standardized curricula offered by hospitals and nursing schools to assist foreign nurses with the transition of practicing in the United States; identifying sponsors and funding sources to support programs designed to prepare nurses for success on the national exam and transition into the workforce; and developing an enhanced mutual relationship with the Mexican government responsible for credentialing.

“The path is long and difficult for foreign educated nurses,” writes the nominator, “yet we are grateful for Ms. Reyes-Salinas’ leadership and constant perseverance to help improve the pool of Latino nurses, one nurse at a time, and to meet the needs of our Latino communities across the nation.”

Salinas, a diabetes educator in Methodist’s Diabetes Self-Management Program, received her Bachelor or Nursing from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. She is currently pursuing her Master of Nursing degree from Texas Woman’s University. Salinas has authored several professional papers and given numerous poster presentatons. She is a member of several professional organizations, and her many accolades include awards from the Department of Veteran Affairs, NurseWeek, Texas Nurses Association, and National IMAGE, Inc.

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About Methodist Health System Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Methodist Health System (Methodist) uses some of the latest medical technology and research to bring quality health care to individuals and families throughout North Texas. Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Midlothian Health Center, and three Methodist Family Health Centers are part of the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Additional information is available at www.methodisthealthsystem.org.

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