Friday, May 22, 2009

Boston Globe honors MGH nurse

Deidre Buckley

"She has been an invaluable nurse resource," wrote Tom Quirk, husband of brain aneurysm survivor Karen Quirk, of Deidre (Dede) Buckley, NP, in his letter nominating her to the Boston Globe’s seventh annual "Salute to Nurses" publication. Buckley, who works in the MGH Department of Neurosurgery, was selected as one of four nurses featured in the Globe. Readers nominate nurses who have touched themin a special way; four honorees are then selected by a committee of nursing experts. Buckley began working at MGH in 1982 and has been providing dedicated care to patients who suffer from cerebral aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations since 1992. Among her patients was Quirk's wife.

"Dede was a nursing presence during 75 days of postsurgical, inpatient care at MGH and 200 days of rehabilitation after," Quirk said. "All nurses are very special, but in our experience over nine years with so many nurses, Dede Buckley's dedication places her nursing service at a most superior level."

In addition to her work at MGH, Buckley is co-founder of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, established to provide support and information to aneurysm patients. It began as a handful of local support groups in 1994 and has since expanded nationwide.

In total, 24 individual MGH nurses and one group, the Ellison 12 Neurology Intensive Care Unit nursing staff, were nominated for the honor. Meghan O’Malley, RN, a staff nurse on Bigelow 9, received an honorable mention. Buckley and her fellow honorees were celebrated at the Globe's seventh annual honoree breakfast at the Boston Harbor Hotel May 7.

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