Nurses at every stage of their careers will find opportunities to learn, excel, and advance at Mass General. Whether your goal is to advance your clinical skills, achieve an advanced degree, participate in research, or take part in global health initiatives, at MGH you will find numerous resources to support you in your journey.
The Norman Knight Nursing Center for Clinical and Professional Development
The Norman Knight Nursing Center for Clinical and Professional Development is dedicated to ensuring that clinicians and other members of the care team have the resources to excel in this increasing complex and challenging health care environment. The Norman Knight Nursing Center offers orientation programs, inservice education, simulation training, continuing education courses, leadership development classes, clinical skills and electronic documentation training sessions. The state-of-the-art simulation lab allows staff to respond to clinical situations in a safe and supportive environment led by expert educators. Our new online learning program will offer educational programming 365 days a week, 24 hours a day. The Norman Knight Nursing Center also has cooperative relationships with local universities and colleges for staff who are interested in pursuing additional formal educational opportunities. Nursing grand rounds are offered regularly on a broad range of topics that address specific patient populations, the continuum of care from acute to chronic care illness, specialty practice and technological advances. A six-month critical care new graduate program is specifically designed to support the new nurse in his or her clinical and professional development. The program includes didactic lectures, simulated clinical experiences, support from a preceptor and the opportunity to apply what is learned in clinical practice.
Collaborative Governance is an interdisciplinary governance structure that provides clinicians throughout Patient Care Services (PCS) with the opportunity to make decisions about the content and context of their practices. Clinicians in PCS serve two-year appointments on one of seven committees: Diversity Steering, Ethics in Clinical Practice, Nursing Practice, Nursing Research, Patient Education, Quality, or Staff Nurse Advisory.
Clinical Recognition Program
MGH's Clinical Recognition Program is a first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary program based on the Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition and the work of Patricia Benner, RN, PhD. The four-level program provides a map for the nurse's professional development from novice to expert. The program themes and criteria center on the relationship the nurse develops with the patient and family, the knowledge and skill required to care for the patient, and the teamwork and collaboration necessary to deliver that care.
Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research
MGH is home to one of the most active nurse research programs in the country. The Yvonne L. Munn Nursing Research Program was founded to foster the spirit of inquiry around clinical practice, to promote awareness of MGH research activities, and to provide support for research-based practice. A growing team of researchers and staff within the Munn Center are prepared to assist with the development, implementation and evaluation of a variety of research studies. Other Munn Center programs include: The Doctoral Forum, designed to support the growth of nurse scientists by expanding nursing knowledge about research through dialogue and presentations; The Yvonne L. Munn Postdoctoral Nursing Fellowship, which provides doctorally-prepared nurse researchers with the time and resources needed to advance a program of research and to seek opportunities for external funding; and The Yvonne L. Munn Nursing Research Awards, designed to financially support research initiated by clinical nurses. In addition, the appointment of a growing cohort of nationally known faculty nurse scientists and scholars to the Center continues to expand opportunities for nursing research activities and mentoring.
Clinical Nurse Specialists
MGH's team of more than sixty Clinical Nurse Specialists is one of the largest in the country. In collaboration with Nursing Directors and Operations Managers, CNSs play a critical role in staff development by offering expertise, teaching and support on every unit. They partner with nurses, physicians and other disciplines to guide and direct clinical practice, systems improvement, and operations. In addition, they promote professionalism and autonomy by engaging staff in planning and decision making affecting their practice.
Support for Formal Education and Certifications
Depending on length of service and average number of hours worked per week, nurses can receive up to $2,000/year for degreed program courses and up to $750/year for approved certifications.
Support for Professional Association Membership and Involvement
MGH Nurses are encouraged to be active participants in their professional nursing organizations at the state, regional and national level. Many have served as officers or committee chairs or have presented at their association conferences.
Disaster Relief and Global Health Initiatives
In the aftermath of the tsunami in Indonesia and hurricanes Katrina and Rita, MGH Nurses actively participated in, and supported, the relief efforts. While a contingent of MGH nurses traveled to these disaster-torn regions to provide assistance as part of "Project HOPE," the rest of the MGH staff contributed by providing shift coverage during their absence.
Perioperative RN Training Program
This program offers experienced RNs with acute care experience the opportunity to transition to the OR. The program consists of 4 weeks of classroom and practical sessions followed by precepted OR orientation of 5-9 months.