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Home : Media

December 2012

Rachael McLaughlin, Director
Marketing and Communications
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International

Nurse leaders play key role in improving quality, cost of bedside care
Top Massachusetts General Hospital nurse execs reveal secrets of ensuring patient care, satisfaction
INDIANAPOLIS — As part of the Hospital Value-based Purchasing Program of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare is now withholding 1 percent of its regular hospital payments and will use that money to reward hospitals that score well on 20 different quality measures, reports
Perhaps no one has a greater chance to affect those scores than nurses, since quality care and patient satisfaction begin at the bedside. 
A new book published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Fostering Nurse-Led Care: Professional Practice for the Bedside Leader, shares the secrets of the professional practice model that has improved system outcomes and increased patient, family, and staff satisfaction for nearly 20 years.
“Transformational leadership is critical to the future of care at the bedside,” said Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, FAAN, senior vice president for patient care and chief nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital. “This book offered us the opportunity to provide insights into the contributions of nursing, the influence on leading change and innovation at the bedside, and the unique contributions nurse make to the outcomes of care and health promotion.”
Written by three of Massachusetts General Hospital’s top nurse executives, Jeanette Ives Erickson, DNP, RN, FAAN, Dorothy A. Jones, EdD, RNC, FAAN, and Marianne Ditomassi, DNP, MBA, RN, this book will teach nurse managers, executives, and care providers how to recruit and retain top-notch nursing talent by nurturing nurse leadership at the bedside.
“This must-read book tells a compelling story of how nurse leaders can drive a vision for the future health care delivery system,” said Kimberly S. Glassman, PhD, RN, NEA-BC Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services, and Chief Nursing Officer at NYU Langone Medical Center.

This book is available for purchase through
For other nursing resources, visit STTI’s website,
About the authors of Fostering Nurse-Led Care: Professional Practice for the Bedside Leader:
Jeanette Ives Erickson, DNP, RN, FAAN, is Chief Nurse and Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also an Instructor at Harvard Medical School, Visiting Scholar at Boston College, Assistant Professor at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, and Chairperson of the Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine.
Dorothy A. Jones, EdD, RNC, FAAN, is a Senior Nurse Scientist and Director of the Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Professor of Adult Health Nursing at William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College. She is Past President of NANDA International and the Eastern Nursing Research Society and is on the editorial board of Nursing Research and The International Journal of Nursing Knowledge.
Marianne Ditomassi, DNP, MBA, RN, is Executive Director of Patient Care Services Operations at Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition, she is Magnet® Program Director for MGH and successfully coordinated MGH’s initial Magnet® designation journey in 2003 and Magnet® redesignation in 2008.
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About STTI
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at
About Massachusetts General Hospital
Founded in 1811, the Massachusetts General Hospital ( is the oldest and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The 927-bed medical center each year admits approximately 47,000 inpatients, handles more than 1.6 million visits to its extensive outpatient programs at the main campus and four health centers, and records more than 89,000 emergency visits. MGH is the largest nongovernment employer in the city of Boston and conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the United States, with an annual research budget of more than $750 million. In July 2012, MGH moved into the number one spot on the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Hospitals.”  In 2003, MGH became the state’s first hospital awarded Magnet® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
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