Every month, Boston Children’s Hospital honors one of our own—a member of the Boston Children’s family who exemplifies the very best in our commitment to care, research, teaching and community.
Ask the staff at Boston Children's Hospital at Lexington how they manage to operate so smoothly and you're likely to hear one name come up a lot: Maria Morrissey, RN, BSN. Maria, who is this July's Employee of the Month, is a charge nurse at Lexington, though according to her colleagues, that title does little to capture all that she does for the satellite.
Maria is known for calmly and expertly taking control of the day and for making herself available around the clock. She was instrumental in establishing the GI/Motility program at Boston Children's at Waltham, which required her to take on responsibilities for organizing supplies, carts and other equipment, orienting nurses on GI issues and writing educational materials for the nursing staff as a whole. At Lexington, she focused on keeping staff updated on protocols for both Boston Children's and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, which operates a facility in Lexington.
Maria is a strong point person for the entire department, maintaining tight relationships with Nurse Managers in both Lexington and Waltham, as well as with the director of Ambulatory Operations at Beth Israel's Lexington facility. Those relationships have allowed her to keep her clinics up to date on any practice changes in Boston, virtually in real-time.
Maria's commitment to delivering excellent care, and her expectation that her colleagues strive to meet the same standards, is matched only by the support she gives her team as they strive to provide the best possible care. As one of those team members puts it, "Maria's enthusiasm and eagerness to get the job done helps the staff's morale and performance."
Her diverse set of clinical skills allows Morrissey to work thorough health histories, admit patients, operate in the procedural rooms as a circulator and scrub nurse on GI procedures and also work in the adult Post Anesthesia Care Unit. This range of capabilities means that Maria is able to provide a clear picture of what a patient and family's experience is going to be. At the bedside, she delivers an inspiring level of compassion and consideration in hopes of creating a healing and therapeutic environment for all of her patients.