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Nurses at the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center get to know patients undergoing diagnostic or therapeutic treatment for gastrointestinal conditions and provide them with personalized care that ensures their comfort and safety.
From the moment you contact the Digestive Healthcare Center, we’ll put you in touch with an experienced nurse practitioner or nurse who is specially trained to manage your digestive health condition. Working side by side with your physician, these highly skilled nurses review your health history and provide guidance to help minimize the impact of digestive conditions. Browse treatments and services offered at the Digestive Healthcare Center
Depending on your condition, you’ll meet nurses specializing in:
Your nurse will be there to answer your questions about symptoms or medications, both in the hospital and if you call from home. If you’re undergoing tests or procedures, your nurse will ensure your comfort and safety, monitor your vital signs and address any concerns you may have.
Our nurses consider the whole patient, not just the disease process. By getting to know you, and understanding your lifestyle and family responsibilities, they offer personalized care that suits your needs and goals. For example, some patients prefer minimal sedation during procedures such as colonoscopies. Our endoscopy nurses teach these patients breathing techniques so they can relax without heavy sedation.
Mass General was the first hospital in Massachusetts to achieve Magnet status, one of the highest honors for nursing practice by the American Nurses Association. The Magnet program recognizes hospitals that exemplify nursing excellence based on five principles, including:
Learn more about Magnet as well as other Digestive Healthcare Center awards
Digestive health care nurses undergo specialized training to understand the complex procedures and equipment, and management of digestive conditions. Our nurses have an average 15 years experience, and many have earned additional certifications, such as our bariatric nurses who are certified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
They are also engaged in national outreach to advance learning. From peer-to-peer networking to participation in national nursing association boards, our nurses regularly contribute to improving practices.
Many nurses at the Digestive Healthcare Center are recognized for their nursing expertise as advanced clinicians or clinical scholars through the Clinical Recognition Program. These clinical scholars conduct, gather and interpret research data to uncover new ways to improve nursing practices. Some of their recent studies include:
Learn about research and clinical trials at the Digestive Healthcare Center
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