Friday, August 23, 2013

Hausman Fellowship inspires futures


EMPOWERING: Hausman Fellow Huong Nguyen receives a congratulatory corsage.

When Margaretta Hausman was a patient at the MGH she made an observation – her fellow patients were of all races, backgrounds and religions, but the majority of her caregivers were not. To promote recruitment of minority nurses and meet the needs of a diverse patient population, she formed the Hausman Fellowship program.

Six years after its inception, 15 aspiring clinicians were honored at an Aug. 16 reception in the O’Keeffe Auditorium. The Hausman Fellows successfully completed a six-week program in which each student was paired with an MGH nurse mentor to provide meaningful clinical, practical and social learning experiences.

Kiera Hirayama’s call to nursing began in high school. Later, while working on a research project for Alzheimer’s disease, she was led to the MGH. A nursing student at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., Hirayama said she is grateful for the fellowship opportunity. “I learned so much from these great nurses. To see the qualities of compassion and care they provided. This is the type of nurse I want to be.”

Following the ceremony, students were asked to speak about how the program has energized their future. “Last summer at this time I didn’t know I would be here today,” said Marie Etiene, a student at Simmons College. “And today I don’t know where I will be next year. All I know is that I want to make an impact in a positive way.”

For more information about the Hausman Fellowship program, contact Deborah Washington, RN, PhD, director of Diversity for Patient Care Services, at 617-724-7469 or

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