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Recent M.S. grad awarded psychiatric nursing fellowship

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Meghan Shanahan, M.S. ’12, was named the inaugural Gertrude Stick Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse Fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. The fellowship, designed as an educational and clinical educational experience for a recent graduate of a masters program in psychiatric mental health nursing, runs from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.  The fellowship selection committee chose Shanahan because of her "clinical abilities, interpersonal skills, and previous research and clinical contributions."

One component of the fellowship is the treatment of patients in the outpatient setting; Shanahan will follow a group of patients through treatment for the entire year. She will also spend four to six months of the year on each of three settings—inpatient psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, and consultation-liaison psychiatry. Throughout the fellowship, Shanahan will be supervised by a senior advanced practice nurse and a staff psychiatrist.

A 2005 graduate of Brandeis University, Shanahan has served as a nurse practitioner trainee at the Cambridge Health Alliance Outpatient Psychiatry Department in Somerville, and in psychiatry rotations at Carney Hospital in Dorchester and McLean Hospital in Belmont. She has also served as a clinical research coordinator at the Massachusetts General Hospital Schizophrenia Research Program, and at McLean's Brain Imaging Center.