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Expressions of Hope, Recovery, and Resilience Were Seen and Heard

Patients and their families, staff, and other members of the McLean community enjoyed original artwork and beautiful music at last week’s Expressions of Hope, Recovery, and Resilience Concert and Art Exhibit, sponsored by McLean’s Patient and Family Advisory Council. The celebration featured music by Me2/Orchestra, the world’s only classical music organization created for individuals with...

Cole Center Dedicated to Helping Mental Health Consumers Achieve Full and Healthy Lives

“For every tear we shed, they weep a waterfall. Whenever we feel an ounce of pain, they take the weight upon themselves to beat. These are the few, the elite, the mentors. The Mentors never walk among us, But rather they are always with us. ​Some say that angels do not exist. I however proudly disagree.”“David”—a participant of McLean’s child and adolescent psychiatry programs and a recipient of...

Patient and Family Advisory Council Encourages Patient/Family-Centered Care

Her son’s last stay at McLean was a turning point: Barb Chandler credits the hospital with helping him get his life back on track. So when she saw a flyer looking for new members to join the hospital’s Patient and Family Advisory Council, Chandler was intrigued. “I thought if a major hospital like McLean is looking for feedback from patients and families, I’d be happy to contribute—to share with...

Listening and Learning: Family Feedback Enhances Patient Care Experience

Listening is vital to any learning experience, and at McLean Hospital, it is vital to enhancing the patient care experience. The Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC), which launched two years ago, is an invaluable resource, providing feedback on quality of care, patient safety, patient and family education, communication efforts, and hospital services. PFAC members represent a cross...

Fellowship Advances Master’s-Level Nurses Into Practice

In partnership with a private foundation, McLean is embarking on a pilot effort to enhance the clinical workforce in mental health by offering a one-year fellowship to an advanced practice nurse. The Nellie Blumenthal Fellowship is the nursing equivalent of a medical residency program: it gives a newly minted master’s-level psychiatric nurse invaluable experience—under the supervision of seasoned...

Student Nurses Benefit from McLean Experience

While first-year nursing student Laura Nelson will likely become a nurse practitioner specializing in adult gerontology, she will take the tools and knowledge from her psychiatry rotation at McLean with her, no matter where she lands in her career. “If you care for a patient’s medical needs, it’s important to be aware of what a major disruption mental illness can cause in a person’s brain,” says...

From the Heart: Caregivers Share New Experiences During Schwartz Center Rounds

At most hospitals, grand rounds provide a forum for clinicians to learn about and discuss challenging medical cases. At McLean, a new kind of rounds offers something different—a rare opportunity for clinical staff to talk openly about the emotional side of caregiving. McLean is only the second psychiatric site in the country to adopt this form of peer education, an extension of the Kenneth B....

On the Front Lines: Nurses and Social Workers Foster Research, Education, Collaboration from Within

Although McLean is a hotbed of psychiatric research, investigations by hospital nurses and social workers represent only a small portion of this work. As part of its strategic agenda, McLean has appointed an Interdisciplinary Research Committee to promote research and professional development among staff in these two important disciplines. “Our goal is to foster collaboration and fortify the...