The Spring 2017 issue of Nursing Network focuses on three of our nurses. Jeannie Kingsley, RN, sees the positive effects of the garden outside the Admissions Building on patients and staff. Christopher A. Richard, BSN, RN, reports on his eCare implementation experiences at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital and how he is helping McLean nurses gear up for McLean’s go live. In the conclusion of her two-part series about her nursing career, Sheila Evans, MSN, RN, PCNS, finishes her story about her years at McLean.
Grounding in the Garden
In the enclosed courtyard behind the Admissions Building, where others see an expanse of ugly crabgrass, Jeannie Kingsley, RN, sees a huge garden bursting with fragrant, colorful perennials. She imagines a labyrinth that patients and staff can walk to soothe their thoughts and a pathway that weaves through different sections of the garden-to-be. Kingsley, a 30-year veteran of McLean and a nurse on the Short Term Unit, is determined to make her vision come true. “Magical things happen every day when you’re in a garden,” she says. “It draws patients out and puts them in a more positive frame of mind.”
Worry to Wonder: An EPIC Journey
What will it be like? Will I be able to learn it? Will my job or patients be affected because of this new system? Let me introduce myself. My name is Christopher A. Richard, BSN, RN. I was a clinical leader at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital and a super user during their Epic (electronic health record) go live two years ago. I had all the same questions, hesitations, and fears that our staff has now. I know that I won’t be able to change how you feel, but you can read about my experience and become hopeful. After all, I took a job at McLean knowing that I would be going through go live again.
My McLean Over the Years: From Nurse Educator to Blissful Retirement
Part II of a two part series. When Sheila Evans, MSN, RN, PCNS, left her research position with the Alcohol and Drug Center, the federal funding had changed, and she and the six other nurses interviewed on units for staff nurse positions. She was lucky enough to work on Codman III, a very psychodynamically oriented unit with many college and young adult aged patients. Many wonderful memories flood her mind when she thinks of her years there—it was a time of learning about the therapeutic milieu, the importance of boundaries, and nurse-patient relationships.