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Nurses Week 2020: spotlight on Rich Grady, nurse manager, perioperative services

Nurses Week is an opportunity to thank our nurses for their dedication to patient care

Nurses Week 2020: spotlight on Rich Grady, nurse manager, perioperative services

Rich Grady, RN, has more than 20 years of experience treating burns at the Boston Shriners Hospital. He worked as a technician, staff nurse and nurse manager of inpatient services before transitioning to perioperative services. Rich is a member of the American Burn Association and is an advanced burn life support instructor. His clinical interests include fluid resuscitation and moderate sedation. We recently reached out to Rich to learn what the perioperative services team is doing to safeguard patients and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please tell us about your role at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston.

I am the newly appointed perioperative services manager at the Boston Shriners Hospital. I currently manage a three-room operating room, the PACU [post-anesthesia care unit] and central processing. Currently, our team includes eight nurses, three surgical technicians, two anesthesia technicians, two central processing technicians, a unit coordinator, a surgical scheduler and per diem staff.

How has the global crisis presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19) impacted your team?

There has been a tremendous impact on the team. We have postponed all elective surgeries and are only running the OR for any inpatients who need surgery. However, not surprisingly, the staff has stepped up and said, “How can we help?”

The perioperative services team has stepped out of its “comfort zone” in order to train as floor nurses so they are ready to assist caring for patients outside of the OR. They are cross training to be available for whatever needs may come up at the Boston Shriners Hospital.

These dedicated staff members are all willing to volunteer to help in any way, including working nights and weekends [something that many of them have not done for a while]. This also includes the surgical technicians and an anesthesia technician who have trained to work as PCAs [patient care assistants] to help as much as they can. They are an incredible group all around!

What is the best part about working for the Boston Shriners Hospital?

TEAMWORK! This crisis has shown that everyone is willing and able to help each other during this difficult time and they all do it to support our mission of providing the best care for our patients. We are a true team with every discipline participating. I particularly want to thank the perioperative staff for taking care of the “new” guy, especially during this unparalleled time.

Is there anything you wish to share with the Shriners Hospitals for Children family now?

I am extremely proud of everyone. The way we have all come together in these times is awe-inspiring! That is another reason why the Boston Shriners Hospital is so special. Thank you all!