Medical City Fort Worth Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Megan Gallegos, RN, PhD, was selected by the Fort Worth Business Press to receive a 2017 Mentor Award.
The Mentor Awards were created to recognize individuals who have exerted a positive and lasting influence on others, according to Fort Worth Business Press President and Publisher Richard Connor.
“These mentors are also dedicated to helping prepare the community’s future leaders,” Connor says. “Winners were chosen based on their level of dedication to helping their mentees grow, both personally and professionally, as well as their passion for mentoring and developing leaders.”
Gallegos was selected for outstanding mentoring of the emergency department staff at Medical City Fort Worth.
“Megan never uses the word employees, it’s always team,” says Shawn Lewis, RN, one of Gallegos’ mentees who is now director of the Medical City Fort Worth emergency department. “She treats everyone with the same respect and enthusiasm. She encourages growth by mentoring her leaders to be the best leaders they can be, to listen first and direct second, and to allow employees to contribute feedback and use their ideas.”
Gallegos describes the biggest reward in mentoring as “watching growth and development occur as our team achieves goals that result in excellent outcomes for both our patients and our staff. When the aha! moment happens and all of our collective knowledge, skill and execution comes together, I have the most rewarding sense of accomplishment in the mentoring relationship.”