Celebrating Nursing Excellence

Celebrating Nursing Excellence

Madelyn Pearson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC (left), chats with Katherine Gregory, PhD, RN (right).

Nurses are born healers. They dedicate themselves to life-changing, compassionate work to help patients and families navigate what is often a difficult and vulnerable time in their lives.

The highest national honor for nursing excellence is Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center—the largest and most prominent nursing credentialing organization in the world. This past year, Madelyn Pearson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC (pictured above left), chief nursing officer and senior vice president of Patient Care Services, led a hospital-wide effort to secure this prestigious status for the Brigham. Navigating this rigorous process, Pearson engaged hospital leadership, staff, and the nursing community in gathering evidence, hosting a site visit, and shining a light on the role nurses play in quality and safety, patient outcomes, patient advocacy, research, and collaborations with experts across disciplines.


“I have witnessed so many shining examples of our nurses going above and beyond what’s required to help patients achieve their miracles. This is what makes nursing at the Brigham so special.”
Madelyn Pearson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC


Studies show that Magnet hospitals are associated with higher patient satisfaction and better outcomes on quality measures. In May 2018, the Brigham joined this global community of Magnet-recognized organizations and just 7 percent of hospitals in Massachusetts that have achieved Magnet designation.

This article was originally featured in the 2018 Honor Roll, which celebrates donors to Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. Check out more profiles of patients, clinicians, and researchers that illustrate the power of transformative philanthropy at the Brigham.