Building Excellence and Winning Hearts: Evolution of a Post-Graduate Psychiatric Nursing Fellowship


      This narrative describes the evolution of a post-graduate psychiatric nursing fellowship. With vigor and commitment, the authors questioned national standards and challenged stubborn institutional traditions and interprofessional ambivalence to create a program built on nursing ideals, one that delivers outstanding practice outcomes. They learned, on their journey, the importance of winning hearts to manage the stresses inherent in change and to strengthen the quality of patient care.
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      Cynthia Belonick, PMHCNS-BC, is nurse educator and program director, Annie Goodrich Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Fellowship, at the Institute of Living, Hartford Healthcare, in Hartford, Connecticut. She can be reached at [email protected] Suzanne Femino, PMHCNS-BC, is Annie Goodrich Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Mentor and child adolescent clinician, Adolescent Partial Program, at Massachusetts General for Children in Salem, Massachusetts. Annmarie Diloreto, PMHCNS-BC, is Annie Goodrich Fellowship Supervisor and geriatric clinician at the Institute of Living. Laura Dzurec, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, ANEF, FAAN, is a nursing research scientist at Hartford Healthcare.