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One Nurse’s Commitment to Learning and Teaching Every Day

“At our program, you learn from your coworkers and you learn from your patients every day,” said Florence Morin, RN, a clinical coordinator for McLean Hospital’s Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Inpatient Program, known as AB2. “Also, in our job, you’re always educating people—coworkers, patients, and their families. It’s very rewarding.” Morin works at an inpatient program that specializes in...

A Passion for Improving the Process of Mental Health Care

When Susan Szulewski, MD, was a medical student, she noticed how difficult it was for patients to navigate the cumbersome and confusing processes of the health care system—and she was inspired to do something about it. “I was on rotation at Mass General in their acute psychiatric service,” she recalled. “It was two in the morning, and I looked around at the patients in the emergency department....

A Life of Empathy and Experience

As a 10-year-old living in war-torn Liberia, Sophia Maurasse, MD, saw her whole world turn upside down in the span of one day. “I had the experience of spending 8 or 9 hours in my house in a crossfire, and our house was riddled with bullets,” she said. “Then, soldiers came and said, ‘you can get out now.’ They were watching out for us.” Upon leaving her home with her family, Maurasse found...

How One Clinician Helps People Find Their Path

Teaching, mentoring, and helping others comes naturally to Fairlee C. Fabrett, PhD. As director of clinical training for McLean Hospital’s Adolescent Acute Residential Treatment (ART) Program, she supervises and supports post-doctoral fellows and clinical trainees, helping them gain the experience and skills they will need on the job. In some cases, she guides them toward areas of study and...

McLean Celebrates Women’s History Month

1,631 of McLean’s 2,369 employees are women. McLean is proud of the contributions women make each day to ensure that the hospital delivers compassionate psychiatric care, innovative research, and unparalleled public and professional education throughout the United States and beyond. These women are just a small sample of our female staff members and the work they do every day. Join us in...

A Lifelong Dedication to Helping Others

“My interest in working with people with mental health or substance use issues goes way back to high school, when I worked at a summer camp for disadvantaged inner-city kids,” said Catherine Ulrich Milliken, LCSW, LADC, CCS. This early experience at the Trailblazers Camp in southeastern Pennsylvania started Milliken on a career path that has brought her to her current role as program director at...

Anxiety in Children: A Fresh Approach to Treatment

“What if you walked around every day feeling that your heart was pounding in your chest and that you couldn’t breathe? What if your brain was constantly telling you that the scariest, most horrible things were going to happen and that the world felt like an out of control and unsafe place? Now imagine that you’re 7, or 10, or 15, and that this is your daily reality. This is what we need to...

My McLean Over the Years: From Childhood Escapades to a Young Nurse’s Training to Clinical Research

Part I of a two part series I can remember hearing about McLean Hospital even as a young child. My great grandfather, grandfather, and father were born and raised in Belmont. In the 1800s, my great grandfather built a strong business here on his farm as the town blacksmith. The shop and barn were less than a half mile from McLean. He and his three brothers had tales from their youth of cutting...

‘Opportunities to Grow’ has Inspired Three Generations of One Family to Work at McLean

When Cathie Bowen started working at McLean in 1974 in the Patient Accounts department, she had no idea she would have a fulfilling, 35-year career at the hospital, or that her daughter, Wendy Currie, would graduate with a degree in psychology, earn her master’s degree in social work, and become the Director of Psychiatric Triage, or that her granddaughter, Jenny Currie, would graduate college...

A Case of Pulmonary Embolism

My name is Katherine Athens and I am a nurse in the electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) clinic. It was a busy Friday in the clinic in March, a year ago. We were preparing to treat over 50 patients that day. Our practice had been expanding over the years, and it was hardly unusual to treat 50-plus patients a day—but it was busy nonetheless. (Since then, we have moved to a newly renovated and expanded...

Sustainable Compassion Meditation

Last year I wrote an article for the McLean nursing newsletter about traveling to India and my journey with global health nursing. This year I am writing about another journey, an inner journey. A journey of burnout and creating resilience which has brought me to teach a class in compassion meditation here at McLean Hospital for nurses and other health care providers. In my career as a...

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...

Assessing Without Obsessing: Ways to Check In on Your OCD

If you have ever been in treatment, you probably noticed that most sessions started with a review of the previous week. Did you complete your homework? Did you resist your rituals? Did you use your skills? This information is discussed each week in an effort to objectively assess the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that may be influencing treatment progress in order to inform treatment decisions...

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....

Susan Zucker Enjoys Dual Role as Clinical Social Worker and Family Liaison at Pathways Academy

At McLean’s Pathways Academy, it’s the “little gains” that may not seem like a lot to others but are huge to the students who find challenges in everyday activities, said Susan Zucker, MSW, LICSW, clinical social worker/family liaison at the school since 2010. It can be seemingly simple things such as choosing lunch, understanding someone else’s perspective, or recognizing when the person you are...

Elyn Saks: Making Peace with Mental Illness

When Elyn Saks spoke to a standing-room only crowd during a recent event at McLean Hospital, the crowd remained riveted for the full hour as she vividly recounted her unprecedented journey as a person living with schizophrenia. During her talk, Saks emphasized the need for more compassion and awareness in understanding and treating those who live with mental illness. Schizophrenia, she explains...

For 20 Years, Nancy Merrill Has Helped to Build McLean’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Program

One of the aspects of her job that Nancy Merrill, PMHCNS, BC, appreciates the most is that she’s never in one place for too long. As program director of McLean’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Program (ADATP), Merrill finds herself often visiting one of McLean’s off-campus sites, traveling to a conference, overseeing the inpatient and partial hospital programs, participating in a research...

Elyn Saks Delivers Powerful Talk About Making Peace with Her Mental Illness

When Elyn Saks spoke to a standing-room only crowd during a recent Grand Rounds, the room remained riveted for the full hour as she vividly recounted her unprecedented journey as a person living with schizophrenia. Saks, who also spoke during the hospital’s annual National Council meeting last month, emphasized the need for more compassion and awareness in understanding and treating those who...

Family Therapists Play Key Role in OCD Recovery

At some point in your life, either as a parent or child, you have likely attended an admission day such as the first day of school, camp, or college. The days leading up to admission are usually filled with feelings of excitement, hope, and often anxiety. Planning might have included researching directions, finding a hotel, making sure the car had enough gas, reviewing the “packing list”, and...

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