Friday, May 17, 2013

What's Happening: May 17, 2013

National Biomedical Engineering Week
National Biomedical Engineering Week will be celebrated at MGH during May 20-24. This is a special time to honor all people who work in the fields of biomedical and clinical engineering. As part of the five-day event, the Department of Biomedical Engineering will host an information table May 22 from 8 am to 3 pm in the White Lobby. The table will exhibit some of the equipment staff at the MGH maintain and will highlight examples of work the Model Shop produces for clinical and research purposes. Stop by the table to meet staff and take the time to better understand the role biomedical engineering plays in helping make MGH a leading health care organization.

MGH Senior HealthWISE
MGH Senior HealthWISE will host the following programs for seniors age 60 years or older, a lecture, “Dry Eye,” May 30 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Haber Conference Room with guest speaker Jason Rothman, MD, of the Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston and a hypertension screening May 20 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the West End Library, located at 151 Cambridge Street. For more information, call 617-724-6756.

MGH Institute Prerequisites for the Health Care Professions
Register for summer 2013 online and onsite classes at the MGH Institute of Health Professions: Jump start a career in nursing, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, or other high-demand careers with fundamental science courses taught by a renowned faculty uniquely centered at the crossroads of health care and education. Starting this semester, all students enrolled in prerequisite programs are also eligible for Academic Extras.

Reintergration After Burn Injury panel discussion
A “Reintegration After Burn Injury and Severe Trauma: Experiences and Strategies for Personal and Family Recovery” panel discussion will be held June 13 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Shriners Hospital Auditorium on the first floor. Five survivors will discuss their roads to recover and renewal. Moderators include Rob Sheridan, MD, assistant chief of staff for the Sumner Redstone Burn Center at the MGH. Lunch will be provided. Register by calling 617-952-6311.

Staff nurses: Evaluating the Professional Practice Environment survey
The opportunity for nursing staff to communicate their perceptions about the professional practice environment is once again upon the MGH. As evidenced in the last Magnet report, the regular reporting by staff about opportunities, challenges and overall satisfaction with practice setting creates important information for leadership and guides future initiatives that influence patient care, staff retention and professional growth.

To this end, the MGH is continuing to generate valid and reliable measures that will provide Patient Care Services with important information from staff across disciplines and work settings at the MGH. In late April, a survey called the "Patient Care Associates Work Environment Survey (PCA-WES)" was sent to all PCAs inviting them to share their perceptions about the PCA role and satisfaction with their related work setting. This survey was completed in May 12.

In mid-June, the "Staff Perception of the Professional Practice Environment Survey (SPPPE)" will be distributed on-line, to professional staff across disciplines. The goal of this survey continues to be accessing professional staff’s perceptions about their work environment at MGH. This survey will be in the field until mid-July. Data will be analyzed in the weeks to follow and reported to staff in early September.

We hope that you take the time to answer the questions when you receive the survey.  The information provided gives leadership new information about what is working, where challenges remain, and what successes have been realized.  If there are any questions, please feel free to contact Dorothy Jones at in the Y. L. Munn Center for Nursing Research or Gaurdia Banister at, executive director in the Institute for Patient Care.  

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