Because of the rapid nature of healthcare delivery and growing evidence on methods to improve outcomes, we believe that an experience clinical staff nurse is better positioned to orchestrate the necessary connections between the interdisciplinary care team and patients and families. With the aims of improving care that is safe, timely, and equitable, efficient, and designed to meet the needs and expectations of patients and families, we believe the role of the Attending Nurse (ARN), can support the goals of the care team by navigating the unknown, closing system-related gaps, and providing aspects of care that may normally not be completed due to workload and time constraints.
The Attending Nurse (ARN) will work with the entire healthcare team to facilitate and coordinate this seamless delivery of patient care. The ARN is a consistent patient/family and health care team member who supports and collaborates with the clinical staff nurse, attending physician, case manager and all the members of the team. These coordinated efforts are continuous throughout a patient’s care.
My name is Christina Alexander. I have worked at The MGH since 2009. I began my career as a PCA on an oncology floor (Ellison 14, now Lunder 10) during nursing school. I graduated with my BSN from Salem State University in 2010 and began my career as a new graduate RN on another oncology floor (Philips House 21, now Lunder 9). I LOVE oncology and have been working on the same floor as a staff RN for 11 years.
My name is Corinne Fogarty. I have worked at MGH since 1999. I came to MGH to work as an OA on Bigelow 7, a busy GYN/Oncology floor. Watching the many caring, dedicated nurses on that floor helped me to realize that nursing was the career for me. I continued to work as an OA and then a PCA on Bigelow 7 as well as the pediatric units (Ellison 17 and 18) while attending nursing school. I graduated with my BSN from Regis College in 2006. I began working as a new grad in pediatrics and have enjoyed caring for young pediatric patients on Ellison 17 for my entire nursing career.