September typically marks the start of the academic year, and I want to acknowledge those of you who are enrolled in or beginning a degree, certification or other professional development program.
In our Nursing and Patient Care Services professions, we understand the importance of being lifelong learners and continuing to advance our knowledge and contribute at the highest level to patient care, research, innovation and preparing the next generation of health care professionals.
In this issue of Heart & Science, you’ll read about some of the ways that staff receive support to advance their education and achieve their professional goals, including the Neskey Educational Opportunity Fund Scholarship and the Genevieve Hope Blaney Scholarship.
We also recently launched a program in collaboration with Regis College to help prepare the next generation of nurses. A group of excellent nursing students began this summer as patient care assistants at the Brigham, supporting nurses and helping to care for patients and gain experience in an academic medical center. We welcome them to our Brigham nursing community and are honored to play a role in shaping their career paths and skills.
September is also National Recovery Month, and there are many efforts underway at the Brigham to improve prevention and treatment of substance use disorder. Our advanced practice nurses are among many staff who have contributed tremendously to these efforts through teaching and education and increasing access to care.
I look forward to sharing more in the future as we continue to focus on this disease that has affected the lives of so many people and families locally and nationally.
With warmest regards,
Madelyn Pearson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President, Clinical Services