The number of ideas being put forward by nurses to improve the care and experience of our patients through research and innovation is inspiring. In every division of our department, nurses are asking insightful questions, gathering evidence and launching projects that have the potential to enhance patient care.
In this issue, you’ll read about three examples of innovation at different phases. In Emergency Medicine, Andrew Dundin, MSN, RN, CEN, collaborated with patient/family advisors to enhance the orientation of emergency services assistants and increase awareness of the patient/family perspective. In the Neurosciences Intermediate Care Unit, staff nurses Kristen Reed, BSN, RN, and Jaimie Medina, BSN, RN, are studying the effects of integrative therapies, such as reiki, on staff and patient wellness, with support from Nursing Director Mary Pennington, MS, RN.
In Obstetrics, Karen Manganaro, MSN, RN, and Valerie Sweeney, MSN, RNC-OB, are part of an interprofessional team that recently published their findings about reducing severe maternal morbidity. Not only will this contribute to the body of evidence available on this topic, but the team has also made an immediate difference in the care of patients at the Brigham and throughout Partners HealthCare.
As a reminder, we have numerous resources available to support nurses who are just getting started or need advice or guidance in moving a project forward. Our nurse scientists in the Center for Nursing Excellence host workshops, immersion days and office hours to help nurses at any phase of the process. And our Research and Innovation Committee is also available to consult with nurses about their projects and ideas.
Thank you for all of the ways you are providing outstanding care to patients and their loved ones today and for helping to shape the future of care for generations to come.
With warmest regards,
Madelyn Pearson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President, Clinical Services