The funding will be used to develop a new professional development program entitled “Striving for the Highest RN Role Performance and Magnet Designation.” The goal of this program is to improve the quality and safety in the delivery of patient care as well as provide evidence to support additional quality and safety initiatives at the bedside.


“Registered nurses play a central role in ensuring the quality of hospital care,” said Marie McCarthy, RN, MSN, vice president for education, associate chief nursing officer for Hallmark Health System and Lawrence Memorial Hospital/Regis College Nursing. “As we know, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) documented this role in its 2004 report, “Keeping Patients Safe: Transforming the Work Environment for Nurses. In that report, the IOM links nurses’ skill at monitoring patients’ health and symptoms to improved clinical outcomes, and suggest that their vigilance is an important defense against errors. We hope this program will build upon the strategies in that report.”

Approximately 75 registered nurses, made up of nursing leadership, educators and staff, will participate in the program, which is designed to recognize excellent clinical nurses, acknowledge their commitment to the profession, further develop the capacity for clinical leadership and practice, and build on nursing’s strength as members of the health care team. In addition, participants will contribute their knowledge and expertise in analyzing clinical practice issues with the overall goal of improving clinical care.

The program will consist of three-day long sessions that will include speakers from national patient safety initiatives and local experts with knowledge of nursing care delivery and peer review. During these sessions, participants will discuss issues such as peer review, quality and safety, and the synergy model of nursing care, which matches a nurse’s skill set with patients’ needs and other professional development topics.


The Commonwealth Corporation has a 25-year history developing and implementing innovative workforce development programs in Massachusetts. The foundation of the organization’s work is partnership: bringing the private and public sectors together to create lasting change.


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Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose, Hallmark Health Cancer Center, Stoneham, Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading, Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice, Malden, Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford, and Ell Pond Medical Associates. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts-New England Medical Center for neonatology.

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