Mclean Hospital

Nursing Network 2015

A publication of the McLean Hospital Nursing Department

October 1, 2015

Many of the stories in the 2015 issues of Nursing Network focus on our nurses sharing examples of patient care. Jeannie Kingsley, RN, writes about how she and her colleagues managed Sara’s unexpected falls, while Amy Widding, RN, relates the story of Cherie and how Widding and the staff at the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Service helped their patient on her course toward recovery.

TMS at McLeanBoth patient care stories provide a sampling of the latest news in McLean’s Nursing Department and exemplify the hard work and dedication of McLean’s nursing staff. These examples show our nurse’s commitment to compassionate care and to quality improvement (learning from past cases as a means to better both their own work and the work of their program or service).

Nursing Network – Fall 2015

Did We Do the Right Thing? Choosing Tenderness Over a Strict Behavioral Plan
My name is Jeannie Kingsley. I’m a nurse on the Short Term Unit. Our patients are in crisis and need a brief hospitalization in order to stabilize. They arrive with all sorts of diagnoses, including post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, and occasionally psychotic disorders. We keep them safe, evaluate their needs, and begin discharge planning as soon as they arrive.

Read more in the full issue.


Nursing Network – Spring 2015

A TMS Patient Loses Hope Midway Through Her Treatment
My name is Amy Widding, and I have been working as a nurse in the Psychiatric Neurotherapeutic Program (PNP) for almost three years. I work two days a week in the electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) clinic and once a week in the transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) clinic. I began here as a new graduate and feel lucky to have started my career under the wings of the outstanding nurses in the PNP. They taught me not only how to be a nurse—in the clinical sense—but also how to develop my own version of the art of caring.

Read more in the full issue.