Nursing at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center

Nurses at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center are specially trained to care for patients with heart conditions and provide them with personalized care that ensures their comfort and safety.

Cardiac nursing

Our patients partner with nurses who specialize in caring for patients with all types of heart conditions.

"No one truly enjoys being in the hospital, least of all for ongoing cardiac and vascular problems, but if any hospital stay can be said to be enjoyable, my experiences at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center can certainly be called that. My wife and I have been treated with utmost courtesy and professionalism by everyone involved with our care. There has not been a single sour note in this symphony of patient care."

– Stephen Smith, patient at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center

Cardiac Nurses By Your Side

Throughout your treatment at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, cardiac nurses and nurse practitioners will work with you and your physician to provide personalized care during office visits, procedures and hospital stays.

Your nurse will be by your side, monitoring your progress, providing care, alleviating discomfort, explaining treatment options and supporting you through any lifestyle changes that are part of your treatment. We assess our patients every day and determine nursing resources based on individual needs. Based on these daily assessments, we make adjustments to staffing to make sure patients’ and family members’ needs are met throughout their entire hospital stay. Discover the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center patient experience

Personalized Nursing Care

The nurses caring for you will make it a priority to know you and will work to ensure that your care is consistent with your cultural, occupational and lifestyle needs. Our nurses will also work closely with you to inform and involve your family members throughout all stages of care.

Our commitment to your health does not end after treatment. Cardiac nurses offer long-term support and the necessary tools to help you manage your condition. This may include connecting you with rehabilitation and nutrition specialists to help meet nutrition, exercise and smoking cessation goals. Browse our support and wellness programs

A Team Approach to Cardiac Care

Treating heart disease requires lifelong support from multiple specialists. Our cardiac nurses and nurse practitioners work as part of the team along with physicians, nutritionists, physical and occupational therapists, speech and language specialists and case managers to help guide your care. Our nurse practitioners are highly experienced advanced practice nurses and develop a comprehensive plan of care for patients, working directly with physicians.

Advanced Training

All nurses at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center receive advanced cardiac training and education, and many achieve national certifications in critical care, progressive care, cardiac medicine, cardiac surgery and cardiac vascular nursing.

Along the way, you may meet cardiac nurses who specialize in:

  • Electrophysiology
  • Heart failure and transplant
  • Cardiac surgery
  • ICD and pacemaker implantation
  • Outpatient care and cardiac rehabilitation

Magnet Award-Winning Nurses

Mass General was the first hospital in Massachusetts to achieve Magnet status, one of the highest honors for nursing care. The Magnet program recognizes hospitals that exemplify nursing excellence based on five principles, including:

  • Transformational leadership
  • Structural empowerment
  • Exemplary professional practice
  • New knowledge, innovations and improvements
  • Empirical outcomes

Learn more about Magnet as well as other Corrigan Minehan Heart Center awards

Lifelong Learners

Our nurses aren’t just caregivers. They’re lifelong learners who apply the latest evidence-based cardiac research and technology advances to patient care. They actively participate in educational and research opportunities both locally and nationally, and they bring national nurse leaders to Mass General to review the latest approaches to care.

They also conduct research in areas such as:

  • Anxiety reduction for patients preparing for surgery and cardiac procedures
  • Family support during cardiac procedures
  • Depression screenings to improve cardiac outcomes
  • Therapeutic touch to increase patient comfort
  • Caring for patients with heart failure

Learn more about research and clinical trials at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center

Explore Corrigan Minehan Heart Center education opportunities

Part of the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center trains residents, fellows and current providers in innovative therapies every year.

Award-winning cardiac care

View the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center’s latest awards for outstanding patient care and groundbreaking research.