Her Bryn Mawr Hospital nursing colleagues became surrogate family

It was Ann B.’s husband who first encouraged her to come to work at Bryn Mawr Hospital, where he has now been working in the ER for nearly 20 years. “He kept telling me to come to Main Line Health, it’s such a family atmosphere,” Ann recalls, of her beginnings here 13 years ago as a patient flow coordinator. It turns out everything her husband told her was indeed true. “Everybody cares about each other and it’s a positive working environment where people get along and become lifelong friends.”

Ann later moved into preadmission testing, which happened to be at a difficult time in her life when her mother was diagnosed with lung cancer and was receiving care at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Ultimately, Ann lost her mom but always felt that with her nursing colleagues she had gained a surrogate family.

Delivering integrative therapies in nursing and patient care

Ann has since forged her own path, helping bring integrative therapies, such as reiki (energy healing with hands) to Bryn Mawr Hospital initially, and now to all of Main Line Health’s hospitals.

“At Main Line Health they create and empower leaders,” she says. “They see your strengths as a nurse and empower you, bringing out the strong qualities you have in order to forge your own career path.”

At Main Line Health they create and empower leaders, seeing your strengths as a nurse and helping to bring out those strong qualities you have in order to forge your own career path.

Now as the clinical coordinator of integrative therapies at Bryn Mawr Hospital, Ann’s work includes not only reiki but reiki training of nurses, as well as use of aromatherapy for calming and stress relief, for patients as well as nursing staff. Ann has also developed a program called Caring Carts, involving hand massages for coworkers and staff on the floor. The carts bring soothing music, aromatherapy, chocolate and holistic care several times a year, first to Bryn Mawr and now going system-wide. Ann explains how the caring cart initiative is about caring for the caregivers and is a great example of how Main Line Health values the staff and supports coworkers caring for each other.

“It’s very rewarding to be able to develop something and continue to expand it based on the needs of the community and staff,” she says. “Our CNO Barbara Wadsworth and CEO Jack Lynch are ‘yes’ people. If they think you believe in something, they’re going to support you.”

Of Barbara Wadsworth, DNP, RN, FAAN, Ann goes on to acknowledge her as a “courageous and remarkable nurse leader who can walk into a room and say the right things, inspiring you to be the best nurse you can be. She values all the staff at Main Line Health and she’s taught me to do the same.”

Our CNO is a remarkable nurse leader who can walk into a room and say the right things, inspiring you to be the best nurse you can be.

Ann believes that Main Line Health is truly one of the best places to work, where you never feel like a number but always a part of the team. On the patient side, she adds, “We truly care for the whole person—mind, body and spirit—so if you’re looking for that as a health care career, this is the place to be. You’re simply not going to get that at other hospitals and health systems.”

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