Fostering the Next Generation

Fostering the Next Generation
Mairead Hickey, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA (now retired), with nursing students.

The Mairead Hickey Nurse Leader Fellowship Program supports the future of nursing by bridging the gap between academics and practice to ensure the next generation of caregivers is well prepared for leadership.

Through a six-month training program that matches mid-level nurses with senior-level ones, fellows work closely with their mentors to collaborate on administrative projects, participate in meetings, and learn critical thinking skills that build strong nurse leaders. The fellowship also aids in succession planning, ensuring that younger nurses are fully prepared to take on a wide spectrum of responsibilities as more senior nurses retire.

The fund was launched in honor of Mairead Hickey, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA, who retired in December 2014 after serving Brigham and Women’s Hospital for more than 30 years in a variety of leadership capacities, including chief nurse, vice president of patient care services, vice president of women’s health and specialty services, and most recently, executive vice president and chief operating officer. Thanks to the generosity of her many friends and admirers, her tradition of exemplary service will continue.

Unrestricted funding for fellowship programs such as this helps ensure that the level of excellence established by our senior staff will continue in the years to come, creating an invaluable legacy in training, leadership, and patient care.