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The Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital provides an infrastructure that promotes innovation and mobilization of resources, both funding and development, to support research initiatives that advance clinical practice and optimize quality patient-centered outcomes. The Munn Center, housed within the Institute for Patient Care, was inspired by the vision and dedication of Yvonne L. Munn, RN, MSN, a nurse leader at MGH from 1984-1993, and her desire to advance nursing research at MGH. The official dedication of the Munn Center in May, 2008 acknowledged the hospital’s commitment to nursing and interdisciplinary research collaborations that foster high quality, cost-effective, patient-family centric care.

Goals of the Center

  • Accelerate research in core areas of focus: care of the elderly, ethics, symptom management, workforce evaluation, and complementary interventions to enhance healing and recovery.
  • Design strategies to promote the development, use, and translation of evidence into practice.
  • Foster innovation through the establishment, implementation and evaluation of interventions that promote changes in care delivery.
  • Implement mentoring strategies to support a research agenda for all nurses in Patient Care Services (PCS).
  • Collaborate with other centers within the Institute for Patient Care to advance the strategic mission of PCS.
  • Generate new partnerships and funding mechanisms within MGH and with external funding sources.
  • Actively participate in the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) and the MGH Research Council to develop new collaborative opportunities across disciplines.
  • Enhance visibility of research conducted by nurses at MGH through dissemination in high-impact journals and presentation at internal and external scientific meetings.
Research Areas of Interest
Complementary Therapies Ethics and Clinical Decision Making
Geriatrics and Care of the Elderly Innovation Science
Quality and Safety of Care Delivery Symptom Management
Transitional Care Workforce Evaluation
Electronic Medical Record Evaluation Instrument Development and Evaluation
Qualitative Methodology Quantitative Methodology
Systematic Reviews

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