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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Celebrating Nurses’ Week with MGH

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On Wednesday, May 5, nursing leaders gathered at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) to celebrate Nurse Recognition Week. Connell School Dean Susan Gennaro was invited to deliver the 2010 Yvonne L. Munn Nursing Research Lecture.

Gennaro’s presentation, entitled “From the NICU to OB Clinics: A Research Journey,” covered the progression of her research throughout her career, which has focused on perinatal nursing practice and education, stress in families with preterm infants, and global women’s health. During her talk, Gennaro highlighted major funding and findings and shed light on the process of building a research program.

School of Nursing alumna Terry Fulmer MS ’77, PhD ’83 also spoke at the event, discussing health care reform and its effect on geriatric care. She underscored the impact nurses can have on health care reform if they “seize the moment.”

The event also included the annual presentation of the Yvonne L. Munn Nursing Research Awards, an interactive nursing research poster session, and a reenactment of the life of Florence Nightingale. In addition, a panel of nurses who had been deployed to Haiti described challenges they faced and the impact they and other volunteers made in the wake of the earthquake, and author Bob Welch visited to talk about his two books inspired by the life of Frances Y. Slanger, a nurse deployed to the shores of Normandy during World War II.

“It was a very exciting day,” remarked Gennaro. “A highlight was learning how research on developmental care is influencing the care of babies at the neonatal intensive care units at MGH.”

Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston College have a long history of partnership. Connell School professor Dorothy Jones is a senior nurse scientist at MGH and serves as director of MGH’s Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research. Associate Professor Ellen Mahoney and Professor Emeritus Mary Duffy are also MGH senior nurse scientists.

"The work being done at MGH is impressive,” Gennaro said, “and it was a real pleasure to be the speaker celebrating nursing research at the celebration.”