Lori Pugsley, RN, BSN, MEd, is the nursing director of Inpatient Pediatrics at Mass General for Children. For her, finding balance in life is what helps women become more resilient and passionate, a quality that MGfC and Massachusetts General Hospital value and reinforce.
Have you encountered any obstacles on your journey as a woman? If so, how did you overcome them?
I would say navigating raising a family, maintaining a household and having a successful career can be considered a challenge. As women, one of our greatest assets is multitasking. It can also be what leads us to feel overwhelmed. We are strong, competent and driven. Finding balance in our lives helps us to maintain our passion and resiliency. Working at MGfC, I had the support of many leaders and mentors over the years. Work-life balance is valued and reinforced, allowing me to have a successful career and happy family.
What is one piece of advice you would give a woman entering the field of medicine and/or healthcare?
Someone once told me to find your passion. Do what you love and you will love what you do. Find your voice and then respectfully share it, engage with others and ask questions. Find your comfort in taking risks. Create opportunities and go for it!
What advice do you have for women to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
Find humor in life.
What is special about Mass General for Children?
Having the ability and support to grow and develop professionally. Lifelong learning is encouraged and valued as a part of our guiding principles.