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BC Nursing Grad Megan Scully Awarded National Multiple Sclerosis Society Nursing Fellowship

her personal experience with ms adds insight to her nursing skills

Kathleen Sullivan
Boston College
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CHESTNUT HILL, MA (6-2009) --  Boston College alumna Megan Scully, who received a bachelor of science degree from the Connell School of Nursing in 2006, has been named a recipient of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's John Dystel Nursing Fellowship in MS.

The Dystel Fellowship offers registered nurses advanced training in MS nursing care by providing the nursing fellow with the opportunity to practice under the tutelage of an MS nursing expert in a specialized MS clinical setting. The goal is to provide the fellow with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice as an MS nurse specialist.

Scully knows first hand how important this knowledge is because she is one of the 400,000 Americans with MS.

"While already feeling synonymous with the MS community, being granted this fellowship will further my involvement in the personal care and attention that this community needs by bettering my knowledge of MS," said Scully.

Scully was recommended for the fellowship by Boston College Connell School of Nursing Associate Prof. Judith Shindul-Rothschild who taught Scully and served as her academic advisor for four years.

"Megan has the intellect, commitment and insight about multiple sclerosis that will enable her to become a key contributor to the MS clinical community. It is my firm belief that Megan will become a leader in the advancement of nursing science for patients with multiple sclerosis," said Shindul-Rothschild.

At BC, Scully "had a strong academic record" according to Shindul-Rothschild. She was described by "all of her clinical faculty as an empathic clinician with strong communication skills who had an exceptional ability to establish rapport with a wide range of patients and families."

She also played defensiveman on the BC Women’s Ice Hockey team for many years until an exacerbation of her multiple sclerosis forced her to end her hockey career. 

After graduation Scully took a position at Massachusetts General Hospital working with patients with a wide range of neurological conditions including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and spinal cord injuries. She currently is the clinical nurse coordinator at the MS center at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton.

Scully has volunteered for the MS Journey of Hope Walk and attended numerous conferences and forums on the care of patients with multiple sclerosis.