Nursing Network – Fall 2022

A publication of the McLean Hospital Nursing Department

December 28, 2022

In this issue of Nursing Network, hear from the new, interim leadership of the nursing department on recent challenges and achievements.

The annual spring nursing conference was held in May. Kechi Iheduru-Anderson, DNP, RN, CNE, CWCN, delivered the keynote address “Promoting Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence in Nursing and Health Care.”

The 2022 Professional Nursing Advancement Program award recipients were also announced at the spring conference. Four nurses were honored for their education and certification, clinical skills, research, and leadership.

In This Issue

Moving Forward: Three Veteran Nurse Leaders Plot a Steady Course
Linda 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.

2022 Nurses Day Keynote Addresses Racism in Nursing and Offers Solutions
Racism in health care negatively impacts not just individuals, but entire institutions, and it must be combatted on a systemic level. That was the central message of the keynote address delivered by Kechi Iheduru-Anderson, DNP, RN, CNE, CWCN, during the Nurses Day 2022 Conference held on Zoom on May 6.

Professional Nursing Advancement Program 2022 Award Recipients
Joshua Ritz, RN, has had a long, productive career at McLean, so it’s fitting he would be the first person to attain the Professional Nursing Advancement Program’s (PNAP) highest designation—tier four. PNAP is a professional development program that rewards nurses for education and certification, clinical skills, research, and leadership—among other accomplishments.

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