There is a new look and feel to McLean’s Nursing Department!
Linda M. Flaherty, RN, PMHCNS-BC, McLean’s chief nursing officer for over 25 years, retired in June, leaving behind an enduring legacy of nurse leadership and a department well positioned to meet current and future health care challenges.
Many have wondered how the Nursing Department would fare without Flaherty’s steady guidance. The hospital created a thoughtful plan for “keeping the ship afloat” through this time of transition.
Christine Tebaldi, PMHNP-BC, interim chief nursing officer, and Jeanne McElhinney, MS, RN, BC, and Paula Bolton, MS, CNP, ANP-BC, interim associate chief nursing officers, have been charged with maintaining stability—quickly learning the intricacies of the department and how to navigate the currents.
Working alongside the nurse directors and other nurse leaders, they have managed COVID outbreaks on units, staffing shortages, a Joint Commission survey, an OSHA inspection, and the myriad day-to-day operational issues facing a department with over 500 nurses and 520 mental health specialist/community residence counselor staff.
Steering the Ship
Tebaldi, McElhinney, and Bolton, have been in their new roles for a little over three months and believe that an important reason why the transition has gone so smoothly is because of the hard work and support of every member of the nursing department.
Here are some of their thoughts about the challenges and opportunities facing nursing at McLean in the coming months.
Christine Tebaldi, PMHNP-BC
I feel tremendous gratitude working with this dedicated group of nursing leaders and staff. Our shared goal of providing top-quality, compassionate care offers inspiration to both meet the challenges and grow to new heights.
The demand for our services has never been greater and McLean is well positioned as a leader in psychiatric mental health nursing to meet the need. Our specialized programs, our unique settings, and our staffing patterns demonstrate our best-in-class clinical care.
By leveraging shared resources within Mass General Brigham and working to align policies for our setting, we are seeing added value. As we forge ahead and face what each new day brings, there is an impressive sense of pride and commitment from our nursing staff.
Partnering with Jeanne and Paula is a true privilege. Their commitment to nursing and the mission of McLean is unmatched. We are so fortunate to have them leading the way. The three of us want to hear about our nurses’ experiences and what we can do to support their work and professional development.