Marjorie "Kitsy" Mayo, RN, MM, OCN CAP III

By Kimberley S. Jordan, RN
On Call Magazine Correspondent / January 22, 2009
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Marjorie "Kitsy" Mayo has been employed at Jordan Hospital for 31 years. She started in pediatrics and later worked for 17 years in oncology. Currently, she works in the infusion therapy department. Mayo is a member of the Clinical Advancement Program Committee (a three level program of achievement and recognition for staff nurses) and also a member of both the Professional Nurse Practice Council at Jordan Hospital and the Regional Nurse Practice Council, which brings together nurses from hospitals throughout Massachusetts. In the following interview, she discusses the role and value of the Regional Nurse Practice Council.

Q. Why was a Regional Nurse Practice Council developed?

A. The Professional Nurse Practice Council was initiated at Jordan as part of the Magnet certification process and has been in place since 2004. The idea of a Regional Nurse Practice Council grew out of recognizing the value of sharing ideas and collaborating with other nurses.

Q. How did the Regional Nurse Practice Council get started?

A. We knew other hospitals had or were interested in developing PNPC's. Jordan Hospital and Quincy Medical Center joined together to form the Regional Nurse Practice Council. Hospitals throughout Massachusetts were invited to participate through phone calls, emails, and the like. In addition to Jordan Hospital and Quincy Medical Center, we now have Massachusetts General Hospital, South Shore Hospital, Faulkner, Norwood, Newton-Wellesley, Boston Medical Center, and UMASS Medical Center. It's very exciting to see the growth of the council and the diversity represented by its members.

Q. What's the mission of the Regional Council, and what do nurses get out of it?

A. Our mission statement has six goals:

  1.  to promote professional nurse practice at the staff level
  2. to collaborate and share best practice
  3. to share educational planning for the present and the future
  4. to explore common issues and generate solutions
  5. to promote nursing leadership and professionalism
  6. to research and initiate evidence based practice
The Council is a way nurses can problem solve, identify best practice methods, and develop and modify policies with the benefit of being able to draw on others' past experiences. It also provides a chance to brainstorm with colleagues and it brings together union and non-union employees from a wide range of settings. Working together, we can find out what is working in various settings and what needs to be improved. The purpose is to provide the optimal level of patient care as well as nursing satisfaction in the various institutions we represent .We also generate educational programs that are beneficial to all nurses who choose to participate in them.

Q. How often does the Regional Council meet?

A. We meet quarterly. At the meetings, we discuss issues that all nurses face. In the past, these have included medication reconciliation, reducing fall risk, and rounding with purpose. Our January meeting will focus on reviewing and revising do not resuscitate and do not intubate policies.

Q. How do interested councils at the various institutions join the Regional Nurse Practice Council?

A. We send emails and make phone calls to get the word out about what we're doing and how they can become involved. The regional council is open to all of Massachusetts.

Q. What do you feel has been the most significant achievement of the Regional Nurse Practice Council?

A. We developed and hosted a symposium, "Nursing Image: The Power of Perception." It was held on Sept. 16, 2008 at the Boston Marriott Quincy Hotel and was attended by more than 160 participants. Participants included nurses and nursing students. We were fortunate to have many generous sponsors. Several speakers presented on how nurses are portrayed and viewed by the public as well as how we see ourselves.

Prior to the symposium, there was a survey, and the results were shared during the conference. One question that had been posed in the survey was "Do you consider nursing a job or a profession?" Looking at where we are now and where we want to be headed in the future is crucial to the betterment of the profession. A personal highlight for me was a video presented by Maureen Sroczynski, RN, MS, who is the president of a consulting firm seeking to improve the future of professional nursing. The video featured nurses working on the front lines during Hurricane Katrina. It made me feel empowered and proud to be a nurse. I know that as our membership expands, more nurses will become involved leading to positive changes for all of us and the people we serve.

Kimberley Jordan, RN, is a freelance writer and regular contributor to On Call.

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