Nursing at Children's
At Boston Children's Hospital, we take pride in providing care to our patients and their families, and in doing so with integrity, compassion and expertise. We accomplish this by embracing a culture of support, from our patients to their families to the other nurses and professionals on our team.
The delivery of our nursing care program emphasizes collaboration, continuity, planning and education. As part of our professional practice environment care, we assign a primary nurse or primary nurse team to each patient to coordinate his or her care throughout the entire stay at Children's. Every nurse works as part of a multi-disciplinary team to make sure each and every patient gets effective, compassionate, family-centered care.
APHON Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider Courses
The Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON) Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider Course provides a comprehensive review of the knowledge needed to administer cytotoxic and biotherapeutic agents.
Upon successful completion of the course and post-test, participants will receive an APHON Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider Card. This card validates that the participant has completed the education and demonstrated the knowledge needed to administer chemotherapy and biotherapy agents to pediatric patients.
Boston Children's Awarded Magnet Designation for the Second Time
On September 14, Eileen Sporing, MSN, RN, FAAN, SVP of Patient Care Operations and Chief Nursing Officer, received notification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) that Boston Children's Hospital has been granted our second consecutive Magnet recognition. Magnet status, which we were first granted in 2008, is an exclusive designation developed by the ANCC to recognize health care organizations that exemplify nursing excellence, and one granted to less than 8 percent of all hospitals nationally.
The Magnet appraisers, who visited the hospital in July, praised the Boston Children's nursing staff not only for their world-class family-centered care, but also for their involvement in decisions at all levels of the organization and their work in advancing science- and evidence-based practice. The Nursing Research Structure and Ethics Advisory Council were specifically called out as "exemplars of excellence."
"The Magnet Program Recognition is something we are all proud of," says Sporing. "The appraisal visit is the culmination of continuous work in advancing our practice and improving the care of children and families."
Congratulations to the Boston Children's nursing team, Project Manager Lynne Hancock, RN, MSN, for leading the re-designation effort, and everyone who played a role in this extraordinary accomplishment.
Nurses Week Posters
Boston Children's Nurses celebrated Nurses' Week by sharing their work during a 3-day professional poster display session. Over 100 nursing posters were displayed from throughout the organization in several categories: Education, Evidence-Based Practice, Project, Quality Improvement, and Research. The abstracts for all of the posters, and images of most of the posters themselves, can be found in our 2012 Nursing Professional Poster Display book! Click here to view it!
Nursing Spectrum Awards
Boston Children's Hospital Nurses Recognized at 2012 Nursing Spectrum Nursing Excellence Awards
Each year, Nurse.com Nursing Spectrum reaches out to its readers to nominate an exceptional nurse colleague for its Nursing Excellence program. Four finalists from Boston Children's Hospital were nominated by their peers for the 2012 Nursing.com New England Nursing Spectrum Nursing Excellence Award.
Rebecca L. Sherlock, RN, PNP-BC, a clinical coordinator in Boston Children's Hospital's Myelodysplasia Clinic, took home the New England Home, Community and Ambulatory Care Award. The award recognizes "RNs who have exemplified outstanding clinical knowledge and nursing expertise in caring for patients in settings outside the hospital in professional home care nursing, home hospice, subacute and intermediate care, or in other ambulatory community, industrial or school nurse roles."
The 2012 Nursing.com New England Nursing Spectrum Nursing Excellence Awards ceremony was held on Thursday, May 3, 2012.
Pictured above (left to right, beginning at the bottom):
Rebecca L. Sherlock, RN, PNP-BC
Clinical Coordinator, Myelodysplasia Clinic
Home, Community and Ambulatory Care Award Winner
Mary Horn, RN, MSN, RRT
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Nominated for Education and Mentorship Award
Eileen M. Sporing, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Senior Vice President, CNO
Boston Children's Hospital
Kathleen E. Houlahan, RN, MHA, MSN
Nurse Director, DFCI/CHB Cancer Center
Nominated for Volunteerism and Service Award
Nelson J. Aquino, CRNA, MS
Senior Certified RN Anesthetist
Nominated for Volunteerism and Service
American Nurses Association President Karen Daley Visits Boston Children's and Dana-Farber
Oncology Nursing Month may be coming to an end but the focus on nursing as part of health care reform is a year-round effort, Karen Daley, PhD, RN, president of the American Nurses Association (ANA), reminded staff during her visit to Dana-Farber and Boston Children’s Hospital at the end of May.
Daley met with staff, toured both facilities, and gave a lecture on “Nursing’s Agenda for Healthcare Reform: A Progress Report,” that was attended by more than 75 staff and students from both organizations, including Chief Nursing Officers Patricia Reid Ponte, RN, DNSc, from DFCI and Eileen Sporing, MSN, RN, from Boston Children’s.
Daley, speaking at the Yawkey Center, called this moment in health care history a “perfect storm” created by unsustainable health care costs, baby boomers reaching retirement age, and insurance reform, among other issues that pose major implications for the future of nursing. However, she said these challenges offer an opportunity for nurses – the largest segment of the nation’s health care workforce – and all health care professionals to make a difference.
“A door has opened and there is an opportunity for us to walk through it together as a profession,” said Daley, who was elected president of the ANA in 2010 and was a nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for 26 years prior to that. “I have confidence that we will make great contributions to the quality of patient care in this country.”
Daley noted the importance of working together to advance the key goals set by the Institute of Medicine in its report: The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.
Published in 2010, the report was the culmination of a two year, multidisciplinary, evidence-based review of nursing, which produced recommendations to ensure that nurses are prepared to overcome barriers and lead change in health care. Daley noted that many states and organizations are using the report as a blueprint for action to carry out the four recommendations, which she said are crucial to improving care for patients and transforming nursing. The recommendations are:
- Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training
- Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression
- Nurses should be full partners with physicians and other health care professionals in redesigning health care in the United States
- Effective workforce planning and policymaking require better data collection and information infrastructures
The United States will face a nursing shortage in the next decade when approximately half a million experienced nurses leave the workforce, Daley said. She also noted that care needs for an aging generation will increase, and more nurses will be needed if health care reform moves toward a more preventive model.
The ANA is the nation’s largest nursing organization, representing the interests of 3.1 million registered nurses. It advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.
Photo Caption: (L to R) Eileen Sporing, Karen Daley, and Pat Reid Ponte
Photo by Sam Ogden