Friday, July 30, 2010

IHP celebrates its preceptors

Sharing their expertise: From left, MGH nursing preceptors Kathleen Healey, CPNP, MSN, of the Chelsea HealthCare Center, and Harris with IHP nursing faculty members Gail Gall, APRN, BC, and Nancy Terres, PhD, RNC, BC

Caren Harris, RN, MSN, PNP, a pediatric surgical nurse practitioner at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), spent two years working at the hospital before she decided to become a preceptor for the MGH Institute of Health Professions (IHP). Ten years later, she still enjoys her time working with nursing students from the graduate school, which was founded by the MGH to prepare health care specialists in nursing, physical therapy, speech-language pathology and medical imaging.

"I felt like it was important to give back to the IHP and help other nurse practitioners along with their education," says Harris, who graduated from the school in 1998 with a master's degree in Nursing. Harris attended the IHP's Preceptors Appreciation Event June 24 in the Bulfinch Tent along with approximately 100 other IHP preceptors, students and alumni. The IHP hosted the annual celebration to thank the more than 300 MGH preceptors who play a critical role in the clinical education of its students.

"The future of our programs, the future of our professions, rests with those who are helping to educate the next generation of health care professionals," Leslie Portney, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, interim dean of the IHP School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, told the audience. "We look forward to continuing that collaboration." Three MGHers who are also IHP faculty members -- Carmen Vega-Barachowitz, MS, CCC-SLP, director of Speech, Language, Swallowing and Reading Disabilities; Michael G. Sullivan, PT, DPT, MBA, director of Physical Therapy Services; and Gaurdia Banister, PhD, RN, executive director of Nursing, Administration and Support Services at The Institute for Patient Care -- offered remarks at the celebration and commended the preceptors for their work.

To learn more about becoming a preceptor for the IHP, contact the school at 617-726-8008.

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