Clemence Named Manager of New Tower Pod 10BA
BWH is opening a new unit, 10BA, in June under the leadership of Nurse Manager Ellen Clemence, MSN, RN, to meet growing demands for general medical services.
“I am excited for all the possibilities this new unit presents,” said Clemence, who most recently was assistant nurse manager of the Cardiac Surgical step-down unit on Tower 8AB. “A newly-formed unit provides the opportunity for staff to create an atmosphere fostering teamwork and professional growth, and I am committed to facilitating best practice and engaging staff in ongoing development.”
Prior to the opening of the pod, Clemence is forming the new 10BA team, which will include 44 nurses, 16 patient care assistants and six unit coordinators.
She already has filled newly-licensed nurse positions and hired experienced nurses from outside BWH. She also aims to hire highly talented internal candidates. “We would like to tap into our experienced talent to complement this unit and provide leadership to newly licensed nurses,” she said. “It is an opportunity to be a part of shaping the future nurses of BWH.”
Clemence brings 25 years of clinical and leadership experience to her new post. As assistant nurse manager of Tower 8AB, she participated on the Cardiac Surgical Nurse Practice Council and was part of a team that received a Lily Kravitz Award and Dennis Thomson Compassionate Care Scholarship to create a communication skills program for staff nurses.
Clemence joined BWH in 1983 as a staff nurse, holding positions in the Intermediate Float Pool, Renal Transplant Unit and Burn Trauma step-down unit before becoming the nurse in-charge for the Cardiac Surgical Intermediate Care Unit. Prior to joining BWH, she held staff nurse positions at Falmouth Hospital, Beth Israel Hospital and Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Yonkers, N.Y.
She earned her master’s in nursing administration from Northeastern University and her diploma from the Cochran School of Nursing in Yonkers. She received the Nancy McDermott Leadership Award in 2005 and the Nancy Waldon Professional Achievement Award in 2006.