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June 28, 2010

Mass General nursing preceptors Kathleen Healy and Caren Harris with IHP nursing faculty members Gail Gall and Nancy TerresMass General nursing preceptors Kathleen Healy and Caren Harris with Institute nursing faculty members Gail Gall and Nancy Terres


It took Caren Harris RN, MSN, PNP, two years after starting at Mass General to become a preceptor. Ten years later, she’s still enjoying her time working with nursing students from the MGH Institute.

"I felt like it is important to give back to the IHP," said Harris, a pediatric surgery nurse practitioner who graduated from the school in 1998 with a Master of Science in Nursing degree, "and to help other nurse practitioners along with their education."

Harris was at the Institute's Preceptors Appreciation and Celebration, held June 24 under the hospital's Bulfinch Tent. The school hosted this premiere event to thank the more than 300 preceptors who play a critical role in the clinical education of the school's students in nursing, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and medical imaging.

"The future of our programs, the future of our professions, rests with those who are helping to educate the next generation of health care professionals,” School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Interim Dean Leslie Portney, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, told the audience, “and we look forward to continuing that collaboration."

View photos of the MGH Tent Event online



Mass General speech-language preceptors Jean Ashland and Paige Nalipinski with Carmen Vega-Barachowitz, and Institute CSD Chair Gregg Lof, and faculty member Chuck Jeans


Preceptors mingled with Institute faculty and staff in between brief remarks given by several school and hospital representatives. Three Mass General administrators, who are also faculty members at the Institute, spoke for the hospital:

  • Carmen Vega-Barachowitz, MS, CCC-SLP, Director of Speech, Language, Swallowing and Reading Disabilities;
  • Michael G. Sullivan, PT, DPT, MBA, Director of Physical Therapy Services; and
  • Gaurdia Banister, PhD, RN, Executive Director of Nursing, Administration and Support Services at The Institute for Patient Care.

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