It’s inspiring to learn about the ways that members of our Nursing and Patient Care Services departments give back to the community and make a meaningful difference outside of their roles at the Brigham.
Over the last few months, 26 nurses and emergency services assistants volunteered to care for patients and support the staff at Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, N.M. In this issue of Heart & Science, James Martin, BSN, RN, CCRN, CSC, CMC, Denise Palmer, MSN, RN, Steven Palmer, BSN, RN, and Stephanie Pretty, BSN, RN, share moving reflections about their experiences and what they learned.
Locally, Nina Johnson-Letona, BSN, RN, of the Neurosciences Intermediate Care Unit, works to improve the quality of life in her Dorchester neighborhood. As the chair of the Woodrow Avenue Neighborhood Association, she and her neighbors are partnering with elected officials and other organizations to bring the community together, advocate for its needs and support residents in many ways.
It goes without saying that each of you touches the lives of countless patients, families and colleagues in your roles at the Brigham. The heartwarming story about the joyful reunion between Corinne Cyr Pryor, MSN, RNC-NIC, IBCLC, a NICU nurse for more than 40 years, and her former patient, Michelle Naslund, BSN, RN, reflects the lasting impact that we have on those we care for. Michelle, a nurse on Braunwald Tower 14AB, shared that she and her twin sister grew up hearing about Corinne, the wonderful nurse who cared for them and advocated for their needs during their first six weeks of life.
I hope you enjoy these uplifting stories about the difference you make at the Brigham and beyond. I am thankful for all that you continue to do on behalf of our patients, their families and each other as the pandemic persists, especially as we worked together to contain the recent COVID-19 cluster on two units. Thank you for your dedication to maintaining a safe environment for our entire Brigham community.
With warmest regards,
Madelyn Pearson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Senior Vice President, Clinical Services, and Chief Nursing Officer