The Munn Center supports nursing research initiatives that advance clinical practice and optimize quality patient-centered outcomes.

The Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research, housed within the Institute for Patient Care, was inspired by the vision and dedication of Yvonne L. Munn, RN, MSN, a nurse leader at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1984-1993, and her desire to advance nursing research at Mass General.

The official dedication of the Munn Center in May 2008 acknowledged the hospital’s commitment to nursing and interdisciplinary research collaborations that foster high quality, cost-effective, patient and family-centric care. 

Goals of the Center

  • Accelerate research in core areas of focus: care of the elderly, ethics, symptom management, workforce evaluation, and complementary interventions to enhance healing and recovery.
  • Design strategies to promote the development, use, and translation of evidence into practice.
  • Foster innovation through the establishment, implementation and evaluation of interventions that promote changes in care delivery
  • Implement mentoring strategies to support a research agenda for all nurses in Patient Care Services (PCS)
  • Collaborate with other centers within the Institute for Patient Care to advance the strategic mission of PCS
  • Generate new partnerships and funding mechanisms within Mass General and with external funding sources
  • Actively participate in the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) and the Mass General Research Council to develop new collaborative opportunities across disciplines
  • Enhance visibility of research conducted by nurses at Mass General through dissemination in high-impact journals and presentation at internal and external scientific meetings

Research Areas of Interest

  • Complementary therapies
  • Geriatrics and care of the elderly
  • Quality and safety of care delivery
  • Transitional care
  • Ethics and clinical decision making
  • Innovation science
  • Symptom management
  • Workforce evaluation


  • Electronic medical record evaluation
  • Qualitative methodology
  • Systematic reviews
  • Instrument development and evaluation
  • Quantitative methodology