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STAFF NURSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Overview | Responsibilities | Membership | 2015 Accomplishments | 20016 Goals | CG Staff Nurse AdvisoryChampions

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Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

Ethics in Clinical Practice

Informatics

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Quality and Safety

Research and Evidence-Based Practice

 

 

Current Work:

  • T. Ouellette, RN, NICU, reported off to SNA member the work that Nurse Recognition Celebration 2021 (NRW) Subgroup completed surrounding re-imagining NRW.  Ouellette reviewed the attached slide which includes the schedule of events for the May 2-12 NRW.  She discussed that the subgroup decided that the May NRW key focus will be on nurse wellbeing.
  • Jenn Goba, Senior Manager of Investigations, Police and Security, Toby Tsuchida, MGH Information Security Officer, Christine Griffin, Director and Privacy Officer of Health Information Services, and Joshua Abrams, Senior Attorney, Office of General Counsel held a question and answer with SNA members on staff safety.
  • Members were encouraged to take advantage of resources to help them manage stress and anxiety including:
  • Roving rounds to listen to staff concerns
  • Circle Up huddles to allow time to recognize stress of individuals and teams while strategizing to plan and support each other

2020 Goals

  • To engage SNA members in activities to advance care delivery and promote the nursing profession.
  • To continue encouraging SNA members to give voice to quality and safety issues and concerns.
  • To continue engaging SNA members in the work of identifying, prioritizing, and implementing practice improvement innovations. 
  • To leverage SNA members passion, knowledge, and commitment to identify strategies to address various survey findings (e.g., Staff Perceptions of the Professional Practice Environment Survey, NDNQI Nursing Survey, Culture of Safety Survey, etc.).
  • To continue encouraging SNA members to give voice to capacity initiatives throughout the organization.

 
2020 Accomplishments

  • The SNA committee members continued to bring quality and safety issues forward so that they could be addressed and resolved in a timely manner.  Some examples were:
    • Omnicell emergency override- SNA members discussed being unable to override certain mediations in the Omnicell.  This concern was discussed at the Pharmacy Executive Committee and changes were made to overridable medications to reflect members concerns. 
    • Equipment- SNA members voiced concern over broken beds and G. Reardon updated the group regarding capital funding to replace beds and provide regular maintenance.
    • SNA Members provided feedback to the COVID-19 pandemic visiting guidelines encouraging limitation of visitation to 2 hours.
    • SNA members provided feedback regarding crowding of elevators and eating spaces within the institution.  Elevator etiquette signage was created, and leaders expanded Bulfinch tent dining hours to provide additional safe dining spaces.
  • SNA members provided valuable feedback on important initiatives throughout 2020.  For example:
    • Members provided nursing leadership feedback after first COVID-19 surge surrounding increasing communication and the frequency of SNA meetings was increased from monthly to bi-monthly from September 2020 through December 2020 to support bidirectional real-time communication during the second COVID-19 surge.
    • Members shared suggestions for the infection control signage resulting in a revised Enhanced Respiratory Isolation sign.
    • Members provided feedback to the COVID surge proposal and joined COVID planning subgroups to assist with PCS readiness/planning for a second COVID surge.
  • Members shared experiences of being on the front lines during a global pandemic with an expert panel who provided resiliency educational documents to the group.
  • Meetings were quickly moved from in-person to virtual in April 2020 to present.  This change increased SNA members attendance from an average of 30 members per meeting from January 2020- March 2020 to an average of 51 members per meeting from April 2020 – December 2020.
  • In addition, members continued to drive meeting agendas by inquiring on ways to share best practice and improve the staff experience (e.g., parking, employee benefits, childcare hours of operation, MAPFMLA, COVID pay).

2021 Goals

  • To engage SNA members in activities to advance care delivery and promote the nursing profession.
  • To continue encouraging SNA members to give voice to quality and safety issues and concerns.
  • To continue engaging SNA members in the work of identifying, prioritizing, and implementing practice improvement innovations. 
  • To leverage SNA members passion, knowledge, and commitment to identify strategies to address various survey findings (e.g., Staff Perceptions of the Professional Practice Environment Survey, NDNQI Nursing Survey, Culture of Safety Survey, etc.).
  • To continue encouraging SNA members to give voice to nursing initiatives throughout the organization.

 

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Meets:
1st Tuesday
monthly
11:30am-12:30pm
Trustees Conference Room
(Bulfinch 225A)

Committee Contacts:

Chair

Debra Burke, RN, DNP, MBA, NEA-BC

Vice President, Patient Care & Chief Nurse

Recorder
Lore Innamorati, RN    N&PCS Administration

CG Staff Nurse Advisory Champions

STAFF NURSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE OVERVIEW

The Patient Care Services Staff Nurse Advisory Committee provides a forum for communication between nursing leadership and clinical nurses at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Committee members representing all patient care units engage in dialogue with nursing leaders about matters of patient care and professional development. return to top

Responsibilities:

  • Provide dialogue between the Chief Nurse and clinical nurses.
  • Dialogue includes matters affecting patient care delivery and clinical and professional development in the Department of Nursing.
  • Opportunity is provided for two-way communication. return to top

Membership:

  • Registered nurses from PCS are eligible to apply annually and/or as positions become available.
  • Generally, only one nurse per patient care unit may serve at a time.
  • Nursing Directors are responsible for ensuring that their units are represented and are responsible for making the final recommendation to the Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse. return to top
 

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