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William F. Connell School of Nursing

"Inspirational" alumna awarded fellowship for training in MS nursing

megan scully '06 was awarded the john dystel fellowship in multiple sclerosis nursing, which offers registered nurses advanced training in ms nursing care.

Megan Scully '06 was awarded the John Dystel Fellowship in Multiple Sclerosis Nursing, which offers registered nurses advanced training in MS nursing care. Currently the clinical nurse coordinator at the MS center at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston, Scully has a wide range of experience with neurological conditions, having worked on the neurological step-down unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and as a travel nurse. But for all her experience with neurological illness, including Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and spinal cord injuries, Scully has a special interest in multiple sclerosis: she suffers from it herself.

"Megan is inspirational," says Associate Professor Judith Shindul-Rothschild, Scully's academic advisor and professor during her time at the Connell School. "She has the intellect, commitment, and insight that will enable her to become a key contributor to the MS clinical community." A strong student while at Boston College, Scully is described by her professors as "articulate" and "insightful," and clinical faculty praise her as "an empathetic clinician with an exceptional ability to establish rapport with a wide range of patients and families."

As a faculty representative to the Boston College Athletic Advisory Board, Shindul-Rothschild also knows Scully as a dedicated athlete. A highly recruited member of the Boston College women's ice hockey team, Scully's peers and professors marveled at her ability to balance the demands of a Division I sport and the rigorous nursing curriculum, even in the face of an exacerbation of multiple sclerosis. "I truly marveled at her determination to perform her best in both roles," remarks Shindul-Rothschild. "When her illness forced her to end her hockey career, she immersed herself in nursing with the same passion and determination that she brought to her sport."

Upon completion of the fellowship program, sponsored by the National MS Society and supported by the John Dystel Fellowship Fund, Scully will have the knowledge and skills to practice as a MS nurse specialist. Her training will consist of supervised patient care and exposure to multidisciplinary treatment under the tutelage of a MS nursing expert in a specialized MS clinical setting. Shindul-Rothschild believes that the fellowship is well deserved. "It is my firm belief," she asserts, "that Megan will become a leader in the advancement of nursing science for patients with multiple sclerosis."



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