A Magnet for Nurses

World-Class Care, Research, Education, And a Nursing Environment to Match

Founded in 1811, the 900-bed hospital in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill is responsible for some of the most important breakthroughs in the history of medicine, starting with the first use of ether as an anesthetic in 1846 to recent cutting-edge discoveries in fields ranging from the treatment of AIDS to organ transplantation.

Consistently ranked among the country’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, MGH boasts some of the world’s top physicians and state-of-the-art facilities to match. But the hospital is equally known for its top-notch nursing staff and a culture that empowers nurses to be the best that they can be.

Strong Voice in Decision Making

Nurses at MGH have a strong voice in making the decisions that impact their clinical practice and quality of work-life. This is evidenced by the concept of collaborative governance, in which seven committees chaired by frontline clinicians meet regularly in a decision-making process that focuses on every dimension of nursing practice.

MGH’s commitment to nursing is also evidenced by the fact that it has been designated as a Magnet hospital, the most prestigious award bestowed upon an institution by the American Nurses Association for excellence in nursing practice. MGH is proud to be the first hospital in Massachusetts to receive this designation.

MGH has achieved an unusually low vacancy rate, a measure of nurses’ satisfaction with their professional environment. Because of this, it’s not surprising that the most frequent sources of referrals for nursing jobs at the hospital are MGH nurses.

A long list of benefits, including flexible scheduling, tuition reimbursement, generous earned time off, and an excellent pension plan, also make MGH a sought-after destination for nurses.

Commitment to Professional Development and Recognition

Beyond pay, benefits, and excellent working conditions, MGH is a place where nurses can grow their careers, whether in patient care, education, research, or administration. The Knight Nursing Center for Clinical and Professional Development provides resources and programs to nurses to enhance their knowledge, skills, and competencies to advance their practice and provide safe, quality, and patient-centered care. Facilitating the new graduate nurse’s transition from academia into practice is a key focus for Knight Center. Through both general and critical care new graduate programs, new nursing graduates receive comprehensive didactic and practicum experiences. Nurses are also recognized for their accomplishments through a robust award and recognition program. One component is the hospital’s first-of-its-kind, multidisciplinary Clinical Recognition Program, which formally recognizes nurses and other health care clinicians for their acquisition of clinical expertise, in addition to providing associated financial rewards.

Unit-based team leaders, including nurse managers and clinical nurse specialists, lead the team of 3,800 nurses at MGH, helping to empower the staff to enjoy careers that are rewarding and allow them to deliver exceptional, compassionate care.

“It’s a great time to be a nurse and MGH provides nurses with a safe, supportive practice environment,” says Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, Senior Vice President for Patient Care and Chief Nurse. “MGH nurses have our commitment to making certain they have the right skills, tools, and technology, in the right place and at the right time, to do what they do best—take care of our patients and families.”