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Boston Children’s Nurses: Local care, global teaching

Boston Children's nurses demonstrate care techniques to an audience of thousands. Photo courtesy of Toni Imprescia, RN, CCRN

In a hospital in Guatemala—3,400 miles from Boston Children’s Hospital—a group of Boston Children’s nurses is teaching a class on how to use surgical safety checklists to improve safe perioperative practice.

Another group of nurses and physicians is sitting in on the same class, 10,000 miles away in Viet Nam. From Bangladesh to El Salvador, clinicians don’t need to leave their hospitals to benefit from the expertise of Boston Children’s staff—they just need a computer and an Internet connection.

The idea to have Boston Children’s nurses produce and broadcast educational webinars to hospitals in resource-limited countries started with Patricia Hickey, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, vice president of Cardiovascular/Critical Care Services, and Kathy Jenkins, MD, MPH, senior vice president and chief safety and quality officer. When the two attended the Global Forum on Humanitarian Medicine in Geneva in 2008, they discussed how the hospital could make a difference in the global health landscape. Although they encountered representatives from many countries who were interested in learning from Boston Children’s, the cost of traveling to each interested hospital was always going to be prohibitive—but the cost of broadcasting online to all of them at once was minimal.

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National Nurses Week

Today marks the end of Children’s Hospital Boston’s celebration of National Nurses Week. In honor of the occasion here are some recent Thrive stories featuring our nursing community.

Children’s nurses teach in Cambodia. Since December 2009, a group of nurses, physicians and therapists from Children’s has dedicated themselves to setting up a “Sister PICU” (pediatric intensive care unit) program between Children’s and the National Pediatric Hospital (NPH) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Children’s nurses Maureen Hillier and Kim Cox talk about the weeks they spent training Cambodia nurses, 9,000 miles away from home, in Phnom Penh.


Eva Gomez, MSN, RN

Life “inside the rails.” Eva Gomez, MSN, RN, is a nurse and staff development specialist at Children’s. In the following piece Eva explains how her recent heart surgery has renewed her appreciation for life and inspired her to be an even better care provider.


Preparing for disaster. The recent devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan forced many American families to think about their own disaster preparedness plans. But for families with children who have special medical needs, such preparation can mean the difference between life and death. John Murray, PhD, RN, Children’s director of Nursing Research in Surgical Programs and the Emergency Department, offers tips for parents and children with special medical needs on how they can make their own plans for dealing with disaster should it strike.


Finally, here’s a piece written by Meaghan O’Keeffe, RN, who practices at Children’s Preoperative Clinic. She sees hundreds of patients every year, each with their own specific needs and backgrounds. It’s a demanding job, but Meaghan says the challenge and satisfaction associated with treating such a wide range of patients is exactly what she loves about nursing.

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