I hope that you and your loved ones had a wonderful holiday season. It’s always invigorating to kick off a new year, especially when the World Health Organization has designated 2020 as the international “Year of the Nurse and Midwife” to shine a light on the important contributions of these roles.
At the Brigham, we are starting the new year by adopting a set of guiding principles that articulate behaviors expected throughout the hospital to ensure that we provide the best experience for patients and staff alike. The guiding principles are: united, courageous, inclusive, honest and curious.
While these behaviors are newly named guiding principles, they are not new to our work in Nursing and Patient Care Services. I hear stories about how you are already demonstrating these behaviors in the many messages that I receive from patients, families and staff about the care our interprofessional teams provide. Moving forward, by consistently embodying the guiding principles, we will be able to achieve a culture that is even more transparent, diverse, inclusive and innovative.
It’s important to note that the guiding principles were inspired by feedback that faculty and staff provided in the Brigham Experience: Culture, Diversity & Inclusion Assessment. We will be inviting all staff to participate in an Employee Engagement Survey in March, and I urge all of you to complete it to ensure that Nursing and Patient Care Services are represented.
Learn more about the guiding principles in this issue of Heart & Science.
This year, we will also continue to focus on innovation. Aimee Milliken, PhD, RN, shares insights into her dual roles as nurse scientist and clinical ethics consultant. She offers advice for nurses who wish to get involved in research and innovation.
Lastly, the start of a new year is when many of us make resolutions, set new goals and hit the reset button on some aspect of our lives. Our own Emily Blake, MS, RD, LDN, of Nutrition, offers some excellent advice on achieving goals and creating healthy habits.
I wish all of you a happy and healthy New Year!
With warmest regards,
Madelyn Pearson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President, Clinical Services