May 16, 2008
Simply the best: The MGH celebrates Nurse Recognition Week

Nurse Recognition Week is a time to celebrate the practice and dedication of the MGH's more than 4,000 nurses. Whether caring for patients at the bedside or conducting leading-edge studies to advance nursing practice, MGH nurses are committed to providing the best possible patient care.

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NURSING HONORS: Bruschi, left, shares his experiences at the MGH with Ives Erickson and event attendees.

This year's "Celebrating Teamwork" events included presentations by national and MGH nursing leaders to honor the advances in practice and compassionate care within the MGH nursing community. A breakfast for staff nurses kicked off the week May 4. The following day nursing staff heard an entertaining behind-the-scenes view from two authors of the original study that led to the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet Recognition Program. On May 6, a luncheon was held under the Bulfinch Tent to honor MGHers who have served in the military. Michael Grasso, RN, staff nurse in the Emergency Department and a recent Iraq veteran, was the event's guest speaker. Diane Carlson Evans, RN, founder and president of the Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation, and Mary "Edie" Meeks, RN, CNOR, a board member of the foundation, shared their own Vietnam War nursing experiences during a poignant talk later that afternoon.

May 7 was Nursing Research Day, and scientific sessions were held throughout the morning highlighting current MGH nursing research. The afternoon featured Nancy S. Redeker, RN, PhD, professor and associate dean for Scholarly Affairs at Yale University School of Nursing, who presented thought-provoking research on sleep deprivation of patients in acute care settings. This was followed by the dedication and ribbon-cutting of the Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research, where the guest of honor, former Chief of Nursing Yvonne L. Munn, RN, was surrounded by many of her colleagues and past and present MGH leadership. Remarks were given by Terry Fulmer, RN, PhD, FAAN, who holds an appointment at the Munn Center and is the head of New York University's Division of Nursing in the Steinhardt School of Education.

On May 8, Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, MS, FAAN, senior vice president for Patient Care and chief nurse, presented her annual address to nurses. She noted that "Nurse Recognition Week is a time to pause and reflect upon the important contributions that nursing brings to clinical care, research and education at the MGH." She described MGH "Teams that Work" with photos and videos of MGH nursing teams exemplifying integrity, dedication, skill and innovation. The presentation concluded with a surprise guest appearance from Tedy Bruschi of the New England Patriots. Bruschi shared his first-hand experiences as an MGH patient, commenting on how both the MGH and Patriots place great value and emphasis on teamwork.

He also noted that his MGH nurses provided a knowledgeable, compassionate and human dimension to his time at the hospital. The week concluded with a display of MGH nursing research and a party held at the Museum of Science in honor of MGH nurses.

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