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Colleagues at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston celebrated with Patricia Dykes, RN, DNSc, FAAN, FACMI, a national winner in the 2012 Nursing Excellence program at a reception recently at the facility. Dykes is the senior nurse scientist and program director, Center for Patient Safety Research and practice program director, Center for Nursing Excellence, BWH.

She was honored in 2012 as the national winner in the category of Advancing and Leading the Profession.

“Patricia gives of herself to others and has advanced the knowledge and clinical skills of many new and experienced nurses at Brigham,” said Eileen P. Williamson, RN, MSN, senior vice president and chief nurse executive,, who presented Dykes with a custom engraved plate and a framed magazine cover featuring her photo and national winner status. “She is extremely generous with her colleagues and accessible to nursing staff, thus making research come alive on the patient units.”

Upon accepting the award, Dykes gave special mention to colleagues and mentors “who are equally deserving [of this award]and who inspire me every day with the work that they do.”

One of the leading nurse researchers in the international community, Dykes leads the falls prevention research program, a critical area of nursing research at Brigham and Women’s. For the past 20 years, she also has focused on building a framework for evidence-based practice and for exploring the impact of health information technology on nurses’ work. Establishing this link is her passion and it guides her research, said Ann Hurley, RN, DNSc, FAAN, senior nurse scientist, BWH, and Patrice K. Nicholas, RN, DNSc, MPH, MS, ANP, FAAN, director of Global Health and Academic Partnerships, BWH, and professor, MGH Institute of Health Professions, School of Nursing, in Boston. Hurley and Nicholas nominated Dykes for the award.

According to her nominators, Dykes’ clinical knowledge and research expertise have influenced patient care at the hospital and her reputation has made the organization known nationally and internationally. Described as a visionary and innovative leader, the nominators said Dykes’ influence on others in the profession has translated into gains for nursing globally.

“I am so happy to practice within a professional environment with values that are so closely aligned with my own,” Dykes said. “Never have I worked with a more inspiring and committed group of nurses.”

Janice Petrella Lynch, RN, MSN, is nurse editor/nurse executive.


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