Jeanne Griffin Vaughn, Inpatient Nurse Practitioner
Jeanne Griffin Vaughn, NP
Nurse Practitioner, Inpatient NP Unit
7.5 years at Mass General
What influenced your decision to become a healthcare worker? There are a lot of nurses in my family- some even work with cancer patients. Growing up, nursing was the last thing I considered. However when a good friend broke his neck playing hockey I spent a lot of time at the hospital. It hit me how the nurses impacted his life - they were caring, intelligent, and personable. The nurses meant everything to him and the people who cared for him.
What drew you to the Cancer Center?
I have worked in cancer centers in Boston since 1997. I was aware of the reputation of the Mass General Cancer Center. However, in my first months at the Mass General Cancer Center I realized it was more than the academic achievements that made the Cancer Center special- it has the personality of a small community cancer center with the benefits of a “Top 10” Cancer hospital in the country.
What is your favorite part of working here? The people! My patients and my coworkers are incredible. I have learned so much from both groups of people. I’ve had my two sons since I started at the Cancer Center. The support I receive from my patients and their families is incredible. Despite everything they are going through, it is not uncommon for them to ask about the kids or share a story from their own experience. I recently transitioned to a new inpatient unit which is staffed by nurse practitioners. I now see patients with any type of cancer. The doctors and nurse practitioners have been wonderful about teaching and have made this unit a success.
Do you have any advice for those dealing with cancer or their caregivers/loved ones?Accept help. If someone asks what they can do, assign something. “You can drive me to radiation on Thursday” or “I love the oatmeal raisin cookies you make- would you mind baking some”. Most patients find this hard. I ask them what they would do if someone they love was diagnosed with cancer, and they say they want to do anything to help. This helps them realize the family/friends/neighbors/coworkers are sincere in the offers and makes it easier to accept help.
U.S. News & World Report ranks Mass General #2 in the nation and #1 in New England based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 clinical specialties.
Search the archive for previously published news articles, press releases and publications.
Departments and Centers at Mass General have a reputation for excellence in patient care. View a list of all departments.