Madelyn Pearson

This month’s issue of Heart & Science touches on some of the many ways that nurses and Patient Care Services staff are contributing to our mission and helping to foster a caring, supportive environment in which to work.

As part of our commitment to lifelong learning, the Department of Nursing strives to offer educational programs and help nurses overcome barriers to obtaining certification, enrolling in degree programs and participating in other professional development programs.

One such example is the Clinical Nurse Leader master’s degree program in partnership with Regis College. Last month, we were delighted to celebrate the graduation of the first cohort of 13 nurses. The skills and knowledge they have gained from this program will empower them to serve as expert clinicians and advocates who improve quality and ensure the best outcome for every patient.

On Shapiro 8, a group of nurses have been innovative in their efforts to reduce stress among staff for several years. Most recently, the nurses hosted a wellness fair that incorporated the expertise of staff in various areas, such as reiki, to promote health and well-being.

I also want to recognize Spiritual Care Services for organizing a beautiful service to show our support for the people of Puerto Rico, which has experienced hundreds of earthquakes and aftershocks in the last few months. The event also celebrated Puerto Rico’s culture with music and remarks from staff.

Lastly, I want to thank all staff for their tremendous response to the shooting that occurred outside the hospital on Feb. 7. We are fortunate to have many experts at the Brigham available to provide emotional support to anyone who needs it. Please visit for a list of resources.

As our values state, we are stronger together, and we are all here to support one another. I’m grateful to be part of this caring community that truly is like family.

With warmest regards,

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Madelyn Pearson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President, Clinical Services
Brigham Health

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