Friday, August 16, 2013

In memoriam: Sandra Hession, RN, BSN, CGRN


Sandra Hession, RN, BSN, CGRN, who worked at the MGH for 34 years, died July 11 at the age of 66. Hession is remembered by her colleagues as a dedicated leader and a wonderful teacher who was a valuable resource for information.

“Our unit has lost a dear friend,” says June Guarente, MS, RN, CGRN. “Sandy will be remembered not only as an expert GI nurse, but also as a vibrant spirit – whom many came to know outside of work and will remember her passion for life.”

Hession began her MGH career as a staff nurse on Bigelow 7 and also worked for Internal Medical Associates, but the Endoscopy Unit is where she made her greatest and longest lasting impact, her colleagues say.

“She passed on her own ‘lamp of knowledge’ to many nurses, physicians, scope techs, GI/surgical techs and PCAs,” says Guarente. “It is no wonder she was given the nickname ‘Flo’ – short for Florence Nightingale – by one of the Endoscopy nurses.”

A resident of Tewksbury, Hession graduated from Malden Hospital School of Nursing in 1978 and earned a BSN from Northeastern University in 1988. In 2002, she became certified as a GI nurse and was the first nurse in the Endoscopy Unit to receive recognition as a clinical scholar. Hession was an active member of the Endoscopy Advisory and GI Endoscopy committees. She retired from the MGH in 2012.

“I knew Sandy for 26 years,” says Susan Leavitt, RN, of the Neuromuscular Diagnostic Center. “She was a mentor. She was patient, kind and always willing to help everyone. I will miss her so much.”

Hession is survived by her husband, Peter Hession; mother, Alma Marquis; sons, Paul Hogan Jr. and Keith Hession; sister, Janine Myers; brothers, Noel and Gene Marquis; and four grandchildren. A memorial service was held July 15.

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