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Massachusetts General Hospital nurses inducted into American Academy of Nursing

BOSTON - July 25, 2007 - The American Academy of Nursing announced recently that 54 nurse leaders will be inducted as Fellows this fall. Among the group are two Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) nurses: Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, MS, senior vice president for Patient Care Services and chief nurse; and Diane Carroll, RN, PhD, a nurse researcher. The induction ceremony will take place during the Academy's 34th Annual Meeting and Conference on Nov. 10 in Washington, DC.

Ives Erickson was named senior vice president for patient care in 1996 and leads the institution's largest clinical division including nursing and the other health professions. She is an instructor of nursing at several Boston-area institutions, including Harvard Medical School and the MGH Institute for Health Professions, and was recently appointed by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Michael O. Leavitt, to serve on the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice. Her international commitment to improving nursing practice in countries such as Iraq and Indonesia also contributed to her election to the Academy.

As a nurse researcher for The Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research at MGH, Carroll is responsible for developing and expanding cardiovascular nursing research. She also mentors colleagues with research questions that arise from their patient care practices.

"This is a big honor and a humbling experience for the two of us and for MGH," says Ives Erickson. "We are both thrilled at the opportunity to represent our institution."

"Induction into the American Academy of Nursing is universally regarded as an acknowledgement of outstanding achievement in nursing," says Carroll. "I am honored and humbled to be recognized by this respected organization."

The American Academy of Nursing is comprised of many of the nation's top nursing executives, policy makers, scholars, researchers and practitioners. Its mission is to serve the public and nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis and sharing of nursing knowledge. Selection criteria for new fellows include evidence of significant national and/or international contributions to nursing and health care. Two current Academy Fellows must sponsor each nominee.

Founded in 1811, the MGH is the third oldest general hospital in the United States and the oldest and largest in New England. In 2003, MGH was named Masssachusetts' first Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. Magnet recognition represents the highest honor awarded for nursing excellence.

The 900-bed medical center offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery. Each year the MGH admits more than 46,000 inpatients and handles nearly 1.5 million outpatient visits at its main campus and health centers. Its Emergency Department records nearly 80,000 visits annually. The surgical staff performs more than 35,000 operations and the MGH Vincent Obstetrics Service delivers more than 3,500 babies each year. The MGH conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the country, with an annual research budget of approximately $500 million. It is the oldest and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, where nearly all MGH staff physicians serve on the faculty. The MGH is consistently ranked among the nation's top hospitals by US News and World Report.

Media Contact: Jennifer Gundersen, MGH Public Affairs

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