Laurie Ratliff and Nettie Davis-Geistweidt have been selected to the “Great 100 Nurses” list for the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The two women, both registered nurses with bachelors of nursing degrees, work at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Cleburne.
The award is sponsored by the Texas Nurses Association and the Dallas-Fort Worth Executives to honor registered nurses who exemplify excellence in the art and science of nursing.
Davis-Geistweidt has been in nursing for 25 years. She currently works in the Emergency Department as a charge/staff nurse at Texas Health Cleburne and at Lake Granbury Medical Center in labor and delivery. She also is a childbirth educator and instructor for Safe Sitters at Lake Granbury Medical Center.
When asked why she became a nurse, Davis-Geisweidt said that while she was working in the laboratory at Stephenville Hospital, she knew she wanted more involvement with patients and their families. She graduated from Tarleton State University with her ADN degree and from the University of Texas at Arlington with her Bachelors of Nursing degree.
Davis-Geisweidt said the award was "the greatest honor she could ever receive" and always felt her calling was to be a nurse, "to comfort patients and families in the sad times and laugh with the good times."
"I have the greatest job," she added, "and work with wonderful doctors, nurses and ancillary staff."
Ratliff, who was born and raised in Glen Rose, has been a nurse for nine years and works in the Cleburne hospital’s obstetrics department.
“I should pay my patients because I get to be involved in the miracle of life every day,” she said.
Ratliff knows firsthand just how important the profession is to the community and to her own family.
While she was in nursing school, Ratliff was hit by a bull and suffered nine broken ribs. Her husband also was injured…… Those experiences confirmed for her that she had chosen the right profession.
Now her children plan to follow her career path. One child will graduate from the nursing program at Tarleton State University next year and the other two, both high school students, also want to be nurses.
“That makes my heart shine,” Ratliff said. “To me that says something about nursing.”