Nearly 100 people attended a special celebration in September honoring Cambridge Health Alliance staff and community members working to advance the practice of nursing.
During the event, CNO Elizabeth Cadigan, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, and ACNO Mary Samost, RN, MSN, led a program recognizing 43 CHA nurses who received their BSN degrees from Northeastern University in Boston.
Speakers at the event included CHA’s acting CEO Allison Bayer, Phillip Page, senior assistant dean of Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies, and Carole Kenner, PhD, RNC-NIC, NNP, FAAN, dean of Northeastern’s School of Nursing.Photo courtesy of Cambridge Health Alliance
Graduates of a hybrid online/onsite RN-to-BSN program offered by Cambridge Health Alliance and Northeastern University
RN-BSN nurses integrate new knowledge into clinical practice as they progress through clinical experience. Nurses focus clinical learning on performance improvement activities such as hourly intentional rounding, care of the aggressive patient, stroke prevention education and hospital acquired infection prevention. In addition, they learn about vulnerable patient populations and explore care for the homeless, language and cultural disparities and chronic disease management.
In 2009, CHA partnered with Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies to provide a hybrid online/onsite RN-to-BSN program. Funded through a grant from Commonwealth Corporation and administered by Northeastern, the collaboration advances nursing practice and promotes professional development, contributing to improved patient safety, quality and overall care.