Gayle Peterson, RN-BC, has practiced as a clinical nurse for more than 30 years at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the state’s first hospital to achieve Magnet® recognition. From 2004-10, she co-chaired MGH’s Interprofessional Ethics in Clinical Practice Committee and sat on Harvard Medical School’s Division of Medical Ethics Leadership Council. In 2003, she founded a monthly, unit-based ethics forum that provided a space for clinical nurses to discuss challenging cases causing moral distress, which frequently led to care improvement and practice changes. Peterson has worked for decades helping state and federal legislators understand ANA's core issues, such as safe staffing and the work environment of nurses.
In addition to her at-large role, Peterson is an active member of several ANA board committees, including the Committee on Honorary Awards and the Committee on Appointments. She is vice-chair of the ANA-PAC Board of Trustees and co-chair of its Leadership Society. Peterson has served several terms as an elected representative of the ANA House of Delegates and the ANA Congress on Nursing Practice. At the state level, Peterson serves on the ANA-Massachusetts Board of Directors and is an active member of its health policy committee. In 2013, she was the recipient of the ANA-Massachusetts Loyalty Award for her dedication to the organization. She also was a member of her city's Human Rights Commission from 2006-12.
Peterson earned her nursing degree from Northeastern University in Boston. In 2012, Peterson graduated from a rigorous, year-long clinical ethics residency-for-nurses program, supported at MGH by a grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to gain certification in clinical nursing ethics. Peterson is ANCC-certified in pain management nursing and presently chairs MGH’s Pain Management Committee.
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