At Boston Children's Hospital, we take pride in providing care to our patients and their families, and in doing so with integrity, compassion and expertise. We accomplish this by embracing a culture of support, from our patients to their families to the other nurses and professionals on our team.
The delivery of our nursing care program emphasizes collaboration, continuity, planning and education. As part of our professional practice environment care, we assign a primary nurse or primary nurse team to each patient to coordinate his or her care throughout the entire stay at Children's. Every nurse works as part of a multi-disciplinary team to make sure each and every patient gets effective, compassionate, family-centered care.
Magnet and patient care
As a Magnet institution, Children's has proven to be a leader in nursing excellence. With Magnet status, we are able to attract the best and brightest nurses who are trained to provide high-quality standards of care. Our nurses play a pivotal role in creating a successful outcome for our patients and in providing a comfortable experience for our patients and their families.
Research has shown that patients who receive care at Magnet recognized hospitals experience:
- Lower mortality rates and injury
- Fewer complications from surgical procedures
- Higher rates of satisfaction with services
- Shorter lengths of stay in the hospital
About Our Chief Nursing Officer Laura J. Wood, DNP, MS, RN
Laura Wood, DNP, MS, RN, joined Boston Children's Hospital in May of 2013 as Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of Patient Care Operations. She is responsible for nursing and interprofessional clinical practice, research, and education in service to more than 3,100 nurses, clinical and administrative team members, and support staff throughout the Boston Children's Hospital system of care.
Dr. Wood blends a strong foundation in nursing and interprofessional practice with information system-enabled innovation and improvement science. She brings significant nursing and operations leadership experience gained through progressive roles in pediatric healthcare delivery organizations and academic healthcare settings including The Johns Hopkins Hospital, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and The University of Pennsylvania Health System. Prior to Boston Children’s, Dr. Wood served as Vice President and National Director of Clinical Solutions for Siemens Healthcare, where she led a nationally deployed team of nurses and clinicians within the clinical, quality and business intelligence IT business development sectors. She is a pediatric nurse by training, with an accomplished history of leadership in pediatrics and patient care, as well as IT implementation, quality and safety, research and education, and LEAN improvement strategies.
Dr. Wood received a Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree in Nursing, Magna Cum Laude from West Virginia University School of Nursing where she is a recipient of Faculty, Alumni Leadership, Alumni of the Year Awards from the school, a Master of Science (MS) degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore with Pediatric Oncology and Adolescent Health Clinical Nurse Specializations, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing where she was a recipient of the school's Nurse Leader Executive Mentorship Program Award.
APHON Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider Courses
The Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON) Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider Course provides a comprehensive review of the knowledge needed to administer cytotoxic and biotherapeutic agents.
Upon successful completion of the course and post-test, participants will receive an APHON Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider Card. This card validates that the participant has completed the education and demonstrated the knowledge needed to administer chemotherapy and biotherapy agents to pediatric patients.
- March 6th & March 7th, 2014- Boston Children's Hospital, Waltham Campus
- September 25th & September 26th, 2014- Boston Children's Hospital, Boston Campus 9 East Classroom
- BCH/DFCI Employee: $90.00
- Other Institutions: $200.00
*Payments made out to Boston Children's Hospital
Denise Braddock, BSN, RN, CPON
Caroline Costello, MBA, RN, CPON
Pam Dockx, BSN, RN, CPON
Kelli Sheehan, BSN, RN, CPON
Colleen Nixon, MSN, RN, CPON
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Nurses Week Posters
Boston Children's Nurses celebrated Nurses' Week by sharing their work during a 3-day professional poster display session. Over 100 nursing posters were displayed from throughout the organization in several categories: Education, Evidence-Based Practice, Project, Quality Improvement, and Research. The abstracts for all of the posters, and images of most of the posters themselves, can be found in our 2012 Nursing Professional Poster Display book! Click here to view it!
Boston Children's Awarded Magnet Designation for the Second Time
On September 14, Eileen Sporing, MSN, RN, FAAN, SVP of Patient Care Operations and Chief Nursing Officer, received notification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) that Boston Children's Hospital has been granted our second consecutive Magnet recognition. Magnet status, which we were first granted in 2008, is an exclusive designation developed by the ANCC to recognize health care organizations that exemplify nursing excellence, and one granted to less than 8 percent of all hospitals nationally.
The Magnet appraisers, who visited the hospital in July, praised the Boston Children's nursing staff not only for their world-class family-centered care, but also for their involvement in decisions at all levels of the organization and their work in advancing science- and evidence-based practice. The Nursing Research Structure and Ethics Advisory Council were specifically called out as "exemplars of excellence."
"The Magnet Program Recognition is something we are all proud of," says Sporing. "The appraisal visit is the culmination of continuous work in advancing our practice and improving the care of children and families."
Congratulations to the Boston Children's nursing team, Project Manager Lynne Hancock, RN, MSN, for leading the re-designation effort, and everyone who played a role in this extraordinary accomplishment.
Nursing Spectrum Awards
Boston Children's Hospital Nurses Recognized at 2012 Nursing Spectrum Nursing Excellence Awards
Each year, Nurse.com Nursing Spectrum reaches out to its readers to nominate an exceptional nurse colleague for its Nursing Excellence program. Four finalists from Boston Children's Hospital were nominated by their peers for the 2012 Nursing.com New England Nursing Spectrum Nursing Excellence Award.
Rebecca L. Sherlock, RN, PNP-BC, a clinical coordinator in Boston Children's Hospital's Myelodysplasia Clinic, took home the New England Home, Community and Ambulatory Care Award. The award recognizes "RNs who have exemplified outstanding clinical knowledge and nursing expertise in caring for patients in settings outside the hospital in professional home care nursing, home hospice, subacute and intermediate care, or in other ambulatory community, industrial or school nurse roles."
The 2012 Nursing.com New England Nursing Spectrum Nursing Excellence Awards ceremony was held on Thursday, May 3, 2012.
Pictured above (left to right, beginning at the bottom):
Rebecca L. Sherlock, RN, PNP-BC
Clinical Coordinator, Myelodysplasia Clinic
Home, Community and Ambulatory Care Award Winner
Mary Horn, RN, MSN, RRT
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Nominated for Education and Mentorship Award
Eileen M. Sporing, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Senior Vice President, CNO
Boston Children's Hospital
Kathleen E. Houlahan, RN, MHA, MSN
Nurse Director, DFCI/CHB Cancer Center
Nominated for Volunteerism and Service Award
Nelson J. Aquino, CRNA, MS
Senior Certified RN Anesthetist
Nominated for Volunteerism and Service
Click here for more information on the 2012 Nursing.com New England Nursing Spectrum Nursing Excellence Awards.
The Daisy award
The DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses recognizes the incredible work that nurses do every day. It was established by the DAISY Foundation, a foundation for the elimination of Diseases Attacking the Immune System in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Mr. Barnes' parents established the foundation in Patrick's memory, because they had experienced first hand the skills as well as the caring and compassion of many nurses.
The award is given monthly to an outstanding nurse in over 24 hospitals across America. Children's Hospital, Boston is proud to be among the recognized hospitals honoring our nurses.