Dear Mass General Research Community,

One of the things I am most proud of since we launched the Research Institute three years ago is the progress we've made in integrating nursing research into the research community here at the hospital.

Last year I attended Nursing Research Day at Mass General for the first time. I left that event feeling remarkably inspired by the creative, patient-focused research projects our nurses were conducting.

This year, I was honored to once again take part in Nursing Research Day, both as poster judge and to announce the Jeanette Ives Erickson Nursing Research Award, a new honor for nurse researchers sponsored by the Mass General Research Institute.

The award will be presented annually to a mid-career, doctorally prepared nurse researcher with a passion for scientific inquiry. Please join me in congratulating Kim Francis, PhD, PHCNS-BC, a neonatal clinical nurse specialist, as this year’s inaugural winner. See below for a recap of the day as well as photos and profiles of some talented nurse researchers here at the hospital.

As I’ve said before, it is important to advocate for science in these challenging times, and showcasing research in the hallways of Massachusetts General Hospital helps to highlight its importance to our mission.

As Gaurdia Banister, Director of the Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research and the Executive Director of the Institute for Patient Care at Mass General, said in her remarks at Nursing Research Day, “We all must stand together and support science. At its core, science is a tool for seeking answers, and we must aggressively advocate for the right to do so.”

Until next month,


Susan A. Slaugenhaupt, PhD
Scientific Director
Mass General Research Institute

In the News

Kim Francis Named First Recipient of Jeanette Ives Erickson Nursing Research Award

From left to right, are Maurizio Fava, MD, Director of the Division of Clinical Research, Susan A. Slaugenhaupt, PhD, Scientific Director of the Mass General Research Institute, Kim Francis, PhD, PHCNS-BC, and Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, NEA-BC, FAAN, Chief Nurse and Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services.

Nursing Research Day Provides Education and Inspiration

Attendees of the 2017 Nursing Research Day celebration at Massachusetts General Hospital earlier this month certainly had a lot to be inspired by.

The event began with a poster session featuring 45 research posters submitted by nurses at Mass General, and concluded with a series of engaging presentations highlighting the important role that nursing research plays in improving patient care.

“As providers, we have patient experiences that influence our careers and are truly impactful,” said keynote speaker Sara Looby, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN.


(Pictured above, from left, are Gaurdia Banister, Director of the Munn Center, Sara Looby, nurse scientist and keynote speaker at Nursing Research Day, and Jeanette Ives Erickson, Chief Nurse and Executive Vice President of Patient Care Services.)

Investigator Profile

Conversations with Patients Help to Drive Looby's Research

As a nurse specializing in HIV care, Sara Looby, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN, has learned a lot from her patients about what it is like to live with a chronic disease.

She recalls one particularly memorable conversation with a man who was successfully managing his HIV with antiretroviral medication. “People tell me that I beat AIDS and I am lucky to be alive,” the man told Looby. “But look at me. I’m a monster.”


In Depth

Grant Program Encourages Innovation and Creativity Among Nurses

What does a device that helps to keep patients stable when using the bathroom have in common with a chart that tracks the days since the last infection in the intensive care unit?

These two projects were the first recipients of the Innovation Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) at Massachusetts General Hospital last year.


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