Sally Derrick Story
For Sally Derrick, BSN, RN, CPN, one of the most recent winners of D Magazine's Excellence in Nursing Award, there was never really a question of what she would be when she grew up — you might even say it was in her blood. Her grandmother and aunt were both nurses, and her uncle and grandfather were both doctors.
"I grew up around medicine," she says. "And I was the sibling that was always trying to hook my brothers and sisters up to IV bags I had made out of Ziploc bags and just trying to get my hands on whatever medical equipment I could find."
It was a passion that would lead her through nursing school at Brookhaven College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas at Arlington and eventually to become the craniofacial team coordinator in the Fogelson Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery Center at Children's Health.
She says the best part of her job is identifying each patient's and family's needs and walking them through each step of their journey.
"I like being able to see the bigger picture and help put all the pieces of the puzzle together for our families," she says. "I tell our families that it's my job to take care of the logistics so they don't need to worry about it and can focus on caring for their child."
Sally is known for her keen ability to identify opportunities for improvement in the clinic; she currently serves on the Ambulatory RN Practice Council and plays an active role in supporting new initiatives that have potential positive benefits for patient families and her team members.
"Sally is known as an extremely reliable, go-to resource in our clinic," says Hayley Smith, Practice Administrator, Ambulatory Services. "She is a natural leader that brings a great amount of knowledge and experience to our nursing team and to the entire Ambulatory division."
In addition to her responsibilities at work, Sally and her husband are the parents to two daughters and are actively involved in their Farmers Branch community. For years, Sally has been extremely active in the local PTA and her local school district, and she has also served on a number of city boards and commissions.
"I believe in investing in my community," she says. "And I want my girls to recognize that their mom works tirelessly for what she believes in."