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Haley Nurse Scientist program enters its third year

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 Partners from the William F. Connell School of Nursing meet partners from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Nursing

On November 15, partners from the William F. Connell School of Nursing and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Department of Nursing gathered together for the Third Annual Haley Nursing Forum. This year, the event coincided with BWH’s first annual Research Day.

The Haley Nurse Scientist program has continued to build a partnership between the Connell School of Nursing and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital around the shared commitment to lead clinical nursing research and to mentor clinical nurses in scholarly work. It was designed to advance the holistic care of patients and families by promoting scholarship, advancing the development and translation of nursing science through research and innovation, and creating opportunities for clinical nurses to grow and develop their practice. The program was established by Steven and Kathleen (Powers) Haley ‘76.

The three Haley Nurse Scientists, Katherine Gregory, Assistant Professor, William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College; Lichuan Ye, Assistant Professor, William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College; and Patricia Dykes, Director of Nursing Research, Center for Nursing Excellence, Brigham & Women's Hospital, addressed their colleagues about the many projects that the Haley Nurse Scientist program has taken on.

On top of their personal research, Gregory, Ye, and Dykes have worked with clinical nurses to teach them how to conduct their own research. The Haley Immersion in Research Program was created as a two day seminar to explain the process of formulating a question, assessing evidence, developing and conducting a research project, selecting a study design, and disseminating findings. 100 nurses participated in the first Haley Immersion in Research Program and all of them submitted abstracts to participate in BWH’s Research Day. 20% of the posters shown at Research Day were nursing posters.

The interest from the seminar led to three types of mentorship programs available to clinical nurses at BWH. Haley Nurse Scientists build one-on-one partnerships with nurses interested in conducting their own research studies. They also partner with teams of nurses interested in answering researchable questions to help improve patient safety and care. Finally, a Haley Research Residency position was created to provide a member of the clinical nurse staff with the opportunity to participate in and lead research. This program helps to fund the research as well as carve out time in the day for the Haley Research Resident to work on research.

Professional Collaboration has expanded within the Haley program as well. Boston College and the BWH Center for Nursing Excellence and Center for Clinical Investigation are working with doctoral students to prepare them for a career as nurse scientists. Allison Walker, M.S. ’13, RN is the first student to participate in this quickly expanding program.

The success and quick expansion of the Haley Nurse Scientist Program has exceeded all expectations. Kathleen (Powers) Haley ’76 was visibly moved during her address to the room as she reflected on how far the program has come in three years. Jacqueline Somerville, RN, Ph.D., Chief Nursing Officer & Senior Vice President, Patient Services, and Dean Susan Gennaro, RN, D.S.N., FAAN, Dean and Professor, William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College, participated in the forum as well.

Pictured: (l-r) Patricia Dykes, Director of Nursing Research, Center for Nursing Excellence, Brigham & Women's Hospital; Jacqueline Somerville, RN, Ph.D., Chief Nursing Officer & Senior Vice President, Patient Services; Dean Susan Gennaro, RN, D.S.N., FAAN, Dean and Professor, William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College; Kathleen (Powers) Haley ’76