Nurse Recognition Week began May 1 in the O’Keeffe Auditorium with an address by Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, FAAN, senior vice president for Patient Care and chief nurse, who spoke about the “five gifts” that bring to life the great work occurring across the MGH – trust, empathy, appreciation, generosity and forgiveness. Ives Erickson also highlighted some of the many success stories of the past year. The event was followed by an afternoon staff nurse reception cake-cutting ceremony in the Trustees Room.
On May 2, Kathleen Miller, RN, director, and Joanne Rowley, RN, nurse educator, both from MGH Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, walked attendees through a number of relaxation and self-care exercises in their presentation, “Self-Care Palette for Nourishing the Mind, Body and Spirit: Relax and Renew.”
Susan Lacey, RN, program director for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Clinical Scene Investigator Academy, facilitated “Clinical and Professional Transformation: A Dialogue with Clinical Scene Investigator Graduates” on May 5. Panelists included MGH Critical Care Unit staff nurses, Erica Edwards, RN; Lisa O’Neill, RN; Norine O’Malley Simmler, RN; and Alicia Sheehan, RN.
On May 6, Natasha McEnroe, director of the Florence Nightingale Museum in London presented “No Bows, No Curls, No Jewelry and No Hoop-Skirts: The Trained Nurse in the 19th Century.” McEnroe shared an overview of the lives and works of Richards and Nightingale – their similarities and differences – and even some connections between Nightingale and the city of Boston.
Nurse Recognition Week culminated on May 7. Events included an Interactive Nursing Research Poster Session, the presentation of the Yvonne L. Munn Nursing Research Lecture, “Implementing Power as Knowing Participation in Change: Impact on the Professional Practice Environment,” presented by Elizabeth Ann Manhart Barrett, RN, BC, PhD, FAAN, health patterning therapist, professor emerita of Nursing, Hunter College of the City University of New York. Barrett’s lecture was followed by the presentation of the 2014 Munn Nursing Research Awards.
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