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Jeanette Ives Erickson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Jeanette Ives Erickson is senior vice president for Patient Care and chief nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), instructor at Harvard Medical School, and assistant professor at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. In her role at MGH, she is responsible for clinical practice, research, education, and global/community health services, serving 5,300 nurses, health professionals, and support staff. She has authored 2 books and several book chapters and articles about her research on the importance of a professional practice environment and other key healthcare initiatives. Ives Erickson has presented globally and consults on multiple issues affecting nurse autonomy, leadership development, collaborative decision-making, and Magnet Hospital designation.

Marianne Ditomassi, DNP, RN, MBA

Marianne Ditomassi is executive director of Patient Care and Magnet Recognition at MGH, which supports the work of the senior vice president for Patient Care and chief nurse, who oversees the operations of nursing, the therapy departments, and social services. Her key areas of accountability include strategic planning, recruitment and retention initiatives, business planning, fundraising, and communications. In addition, Ditomassi is the Magnet Program Director for MGH and successfully coordinated MGH’s initial Magnet designation journey in 2003 and subsequent Magnet redesignations in 2008 and 2013.

Susan Sabia, BA

Susan Sabia is the executive editor of Caring Headlines, the bi-weekly newsletter for MGH Nursing and Patient Care Services. For each issue, Sabia is accountable for the writing, editing, photography, layout, and design. She studied film-making and creative writing at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and she graduated from University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Mary Ellin Smith, RN, MS

Mary Ellin Smith received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Boston College and her master’s of science in nursing administration from Boston University. Smith has practiced as a clinical nurse in medicine, critical care, and neuroscience, and she has practiced administratively as a nurse manager and nursing director in medicine and as the director of Professional Practice Development at several large medical centers. She is a professional development manager at MGH in the Institute for Patient Care, where her areas of responsibility include oversight of the clinical recognition program, collaborative governance, and leadership development.

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