The Journey of the Department of Nursing
At top left, hundreds of nurses and other staff attended farewell receptions for Mairead Hickey prior to her transition to COO. A few of the Department of Nursing’s many accomplishments during the past five years include, clockwise from top right, the creation of: the Haley Nurse Scientist Program; new recognition programs, including the Ujima Award; the Dedicated Education Unit on Tower 14AB; partnerships with Regis College and UMass Boston; and the Nursing Simulation Center.
Mairead Hickey, PhD, RN, FAHA, has transitioned from chief nursing officer and senior vice president for Patient Care Services to her new role as executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) for Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospitals. In this special edition of BWH Nurse, Hickey reflects on the many accomplishments of the Department of Nursing during the past five years and discusses how this foundation positions the Department of Nursing for its continued development. Inside, read a Q&A with Hickey and her words of gratitude to the nurses of BWH.