From left: Mary Allendorf-Burns, Mary Absi, Mary Jo Kreitzer and Margaret Costello

From left: Mary Allendorf-Burns, Mary Absi, Mary Jo Kreitzer and Margaret Costello

Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN, founder and director of the Center for Spirituality and Healing, professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota and co- author of the book Integrative Nursing,  brought more than 20 years of experience in integrative therapies and healing practices to BWH on Sept. 23.

Her visit included a seminar with nurse leaders from across the Department of Nursing and a presentation at a special Nursing Grand Rounds titled “Integrative Nursing: Applying Concepts and Principles in Clinical Settings.” She outlined the principles of integrative nursing that include “whole person, whole system care that is relationship-based, person-centered and that focuses on improving health and well-being”.

Mary Absi, BSN, RN, of Shapiro 8, and Tower 15CD’s Mary Allendorf-Burns, BSN, RN, and Margaret Costello, PhD, RN, joined Kreitzer at the podium during rounds, sharing patient narratives that focused on the impact of “knowing the patient” and being in touch with “what gives our patients meaning.” Absi shared Shapiro 8’s unit-based work on the connection between the health and well-being of caregivers and patients. Kreitzer also spoke of “building capacity“ and “expanding potential” so that care can be personalized and centered on health and well-being.
“Dr. Kreitzer’s scholarship and clinical work nationally reinforce our efforts to date, and this was a wonderful opportunity to showcase BWH’s best practices,” said Carolyn Hayes, PhD, RN, associate chief nurse for Oncology, Medical and Integrative Nursing at DFCI and BWH.

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Magnet® Matters

In October, several BWH nurses from a wide variety of clinical areas, including ambulatory, the Center for Women and Newborns, the Center for Nursing Excellence, perioperative services and Tower inpatient nursing, attended the annual National Magnet® conference in Dallas, Texas.

Joining 7,500 health care professionals from across the nation, our BWH colleagues had the opportunity to participate in conference sessions, view poster presentations and share best practices with other institutions on the Magnet® journey.