I hope you are taking advantage of the summer months for rest, time off and relaxation. It’s important to recharge after the challenges and changes we have experienced over the course of several months.
We have been focusing on resilience in the Department of Nursing to help staff recover from the crisis and adapt to a new normal in which we care for COVID-19 and non-COVID patients. We are fortunate to have experts within our nursing community who have led a series of focus groups on this topic.
In this issue of Heart & Science, our experts are sharing helpful information about what resilience means, the importance of recognizing different types of stress and resources for support.
I continue to be inspired by the response of our Nursing and Patient Care Services teams to COVID-19. This spring, staff throughout Mass General Brigham volunteered at Boston Hope Medical Center, including members of the Brigham Rehabilitation Services department.
I was touched by the uplifting message that Danielle Kaprielian, DPT, PT, shared in reflecting on her time at Boston Hope: “When things are bleak during this pandemic, I remember all the people who recovered and the strangers who united for a common goal.”
She could just have easily been describing another initiative featured in Heart & Science: a volunteer program for Brigham nurses and emergency services assistants with the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, N.M. My deepest gratitude to all those who are traveling to Shiprock to offset critical staffing shortages and making a difference with their skills, compassion and collaboration.
In as many ways as the pandemic has driven us physically apart, it has also brought us together with shared goals and deep appreciation for each other’s contributions. Like Danielle, I choose to focus on the inspiring acts of compassion and unity that we have witnessed as we move forward with strength and dedication to deliver our mission.
Thank you for all that you do to care for our patients, their families and each other.
With warmest regards,
Madelyn Pearson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Senior Vice President, Clinical Services, and Chief Nursing Officer