Mclean Hospital

Nursing Network 2019

A publication of the McLean Hospital Nursing Department

August 26, 2019

The fall issue of Nursing Network delivers the latest nursing news, including an update on the annual conference held on Nurse’s Day 2019 and research presentations by nursing staff at McLean’s Research Day.

Cover of Nursing Network Fall 2019McLean Nursing Conference Looks at Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome, and Psychiatric Neurotherapeutics
To celebrate Nurse’s Day 2019, nurses from throughout McLean Hospital came together for the annual McLean Hospital nurse’s conference. Held on Friday, May 10, in Pierce Hall on the Belmont campus, the event explored obesity and metabolic syndrome among individuals with psychiatric disorders and discussed what’s new in psychiatric neurotherapeutics at the hospital.

Nurses Highlight Neuroscience and Mental Health Research
The tenth annual McLean Research Day took place on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. The event featured approximately 125 posters of new research from McLean investigators across the hospital, representing basic science, translational, clinical, neuroimaging, health services, and implementation science research pertaining to neuroscience and mental health. Some of the presentations featured contributions from McLean Hospital nurses.

Read more in the full issue.


The winter issue of Nursing Network highlights some of the wonderful accomplishments of our staff. You will read about the recently published study on the use of the restraint chair, the recent promotion of Teresa Henderson, RN, and presentations by our staff at national and local conferences.

Nursing Network Winter 2019 coverMcLean Nurses Publish Study on the Safety and Effectiveness of Restraint Chairs
Are restraint chairs safer than traditional restraint methods? Reports from the field suggest that restraint chairs are safer and more effective, but there is a lack of scientific literature on the use of these chairs in psychiatric settings to back up the claims. To correct that problem, a team of McLean nurses and leaders took part in a study to examine the use of restraint chairs.

Increased Volume and New Services Spur Change in McLean’s Psychiatric Neurotherapeutics Program

On any given day at McLean’s Psychiatric Neurotherapeutics Program, some 50 patients come through the door for ECT (electroconvulsive therapy), 20 or more for TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation), and about four for the program’s new ketamine infusion service. “That’s a lot of people,” said Teresa Henderson, RN, “and our unit had to make some changes to make sure we could handle that volume in the most efficient way possible.”

Nursing Conference Tackles Trauma
The impact of trauma on patients, nursing professionals, the health care system, and society was examined at the 2018 Fall Nursing Conference. Held on Friday, December 14, at McLean, the day-long event, titled “Resilience in the Aftermath of Trauma: De-Briefing, Co-Creating and Empowering,” featured three speakers who offered insights and perspectives on a range of trauma-related topics.

Read more in the full issue.