“The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein
This quote resonates with me as I reflect on an inspiring spring season of celebrations, graduations and achievements.
Our Karsh Nursing Scholars Day on May 30 highlighted many examples of nursing innovation, research and improvement initiatives. It was evident from the more than 60 presentations and energetic discussions throughout the day that the spirit of inquiry is flourishing throughout the department.
It is vital that we aspire to be lifelong learners, and conducting research is one of the ways that we continue to learn and grow professionally while improving patient care. Pursuing new degrees and certifications is another important way to contribute to our profession at the highest level and deliver the best care for our patients and their families. I want to congratulate staff who graduated with bachelor’s and advanced degrees this spring, as well as those who completed certifications and other academic and professional development endeavors.
Congratulations are also in order for the 160 newly licensed nurses who received their pins after completing the Nora McDonough Newly Licensed Nurse Program. As these nurses grow in their practice, they will continue to need the support of colleagues who help them gain confidence in their skills and knowledge. I hope that as members of our innovative Department of Nursing, they will ask questions and offer insights that lead us down new paths.
I am so proud of this vibrant Nursing and Patient Care Services community and your commitment to continual learning and improvement. Keep asking questions, and take every opportunity you can to learn and grow professionally. These pursuits and achievements have a ripple effect and benefit staff and patients at the Brigham and beyond.
With warmest regards,
Madelyn Pearson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President, Clinical Services